Posted on 17 November 2012.
Kochi wayside eateries are going to get a whole new look from now. Those ‘thattu-kadas’ which are abundant in Kochi will now be given a make-over. With Kochi Corporation distributing portable kiosks to street vendors, you can now munch on your favorite foods from a healthier and cleaner environment. The project was inaugurated by Kochi’s Mayor Tony Chammany on the 16th of November 2012.
This venture from the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP), along with the support of Kochi Corporation’s Health standing Committee will ensure better and cleaner food to Kochiites. With street vendor’s food being popular in Kochi, this initiative will truly become a blessing.
The vendors are trained scientifically in order to serve good, clean food. They will be using healthy oil, clean utensils and bacteria-free food for cooking. Each kiosk will also have a license adhered to them.
So looks like, Kochiites can dig on to some yummy and healthy food in the coming days.
Image Courtesy: The Hindu
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Posted on 27 June 2012.
The Mayor of Kochi city plays an inevitable and crucial role in the development of the city. He plans, orders and implements various attributes that facilitates in progress of Kochi. As citizens, we expect this government official to put forward his maximum for the city welfare. What can we expect, how will he implement them, what more is in store for Kochiites from the Mayor? If these are some of the questions that you have, then here is the chance for you to ask them to the Mayor.
CPRR and Chavara Cultural Centre are organizing an event where Kochiites can ask questions to the Mayor. This interactive session will be held on the 30th of June 2012 at 3.00 p.m. ‘Role of the Mayor in the Development of the City’ is an event you wouldn’t want to miss.
Smt. Bhadra Satheesh, Dy Mayor, Kochi Corporation, Dr Thomas Isaac, MLA of Alappuzha Constituency, Sri. A.C Jose, Ex Speaker, Ex MP, Ex Mayor, Cochin Corporation will be some of the leading guests who would be attending the event. So responsible Kochiites, come and be a part of this big event.
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Posted on 05 June 2012.
Today is World Environment Day, and Kochi is celebrating it too! June 5th is celebrated as Environment Day across the globe. The lack of trees and plants inside the city, and destroying the already living ones is posing a threat to Kochiites. Yes, we need trees and greens, and Kochi is short of it. Kochiites are running campaigns and walkathons to celebrate this day to support the greens. And everyone is doing their bit to make things better and greener in Kochi!
Four lakh saplings will be given away in Ernakulam district as part of the ‘Amma Bhoomikyu Oru Maram’ scheme of the government. This will be inaugurated by Excise Minister K. Babu. A walkathon by environmentalists was also conducted as part of the World Environment Day.
Young Kochi is ready with some smart initiatives to show their support towards having greens inside the city and not destroying the existing ones. ‘My City My Pride’ campaign launched by Kochi Corporation is catching up at a fast pace. Students have taken an oath as part of this campaign. More than one lakh students have taken the pledge that they shall keep the city clean and neat (with minimal plastic usage), and will abide to the scientific systems to minimize waste in the city premises.
Hopefully, young Kochi will strictly adhere to their oath. And let us hope for a neater, cleaner and greener Kochi in the coming years!
Posted in Columns, Events, Lifestyle
Posted on 02 June 2012.
Kochi Corporation is here with something new! The officials are ready to bring forth a health and welfare awareness programme in the city of Kochi. This programme was announced by Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany, and is all set to bear wings soon. It has been organized in co-operation with Kerala State Urban Development Project and an NGO. A programme which will benefit not only Kochiites, it shall also include migrants who have come from other parts of the country. From HIV, Narcotics and general health, it shall cover them all.
Several shows, campaigns and programmes will be conducted in and around the city of Kochi as part of this. From counseling, study classes and poster campaigns, there is much for Kochiites to explore through this. The programme will concentrate on the less trodden parts of the city, mainly colonies and slums.
This is a great initiative from the Corporation of Kochi. And kudos to the organizers for this innovative programme!
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Posted on 02 May 2012.
How would it look like if we adopted solar energy to run electricity, for daily use and more? We have heard, learnt in our textbooks and seen how solar energy has been implemented wisely. Looks like, Kochi is getting a chance to go solar! Our city might very soon be termed as a ‘Solar City’. From government offices, Kochi corporation office and more, the project would be started off in an experimental basis.
Street lights are quite expensive, and our Corporation spends nearly 3 crores (per year) to run them. So making them run on solar energy will be of immense help, and shall facilitate in cutting out the rates too. Using solar energy will help in saving electricity to a large extent (especially with its shortage at its peak).
If everything goes well, you could expect the electricity at your home being run on solar energy in the coming days. Let us wait and see to how well our authorities can implement this!
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Posted on 30 April 2012.
Garbage disposal in Kochi city has always been a cause for concern. And this issue has haunted Kochiites since the past many years. From environmentalists to government officials, people who are supposedly working for this cause are many. But nothing has been done which permanently deletes trash on public places, especially on main roads and near residential areas. With rains on a spree since the last few weeks, looks like Kochi is getting dirtier and only worse!
In spite of campaigns and awareness programmes being launched, we see that residents in the city seem to be turning their backs towards this issue. “It should all begin from the home. You must need to dispose your household garbage in a way which does not affect fellow citizens. Kochi is always messy when it rains, and garbage on the roads makes it impossible to walk on our streets. How about being more careful and disposing waste in a decent way which does not affect others?”, asks Saju Salam, a Kochiite who lives in Thevara.
Well, we know that this is an issue which has been discussed much. But we need to realize that blaming the Corporation and authorities alone does not help in the betterment of the situation. How about doing your bit to keep the city clean?
Posted in Lifestyle, News
Posted on 28 April 2012.
A fresh make-over to our very own Ernakulam Boat jetty! Doesn’t that idea sound nice? Well, looks like Kochi Corporation is going to work for the betterment of our boat jetty very soon. Lacking electricity and proper water supply, the boat jetty was in a bad condition since the past many years. The government and concerned officials have taken hardly any measures for improving its condition. From the flood of tourists to locals who commute everyday by waterways, the jetty has always remained a nightmare especially after dark.
Even though the officials plan to set up temporary electricity lights, including an additional high mass light at the entrance of the jetty, there is much in store this time. The Kerala State Water Transport Department (KSWTD) and Kerala Tourism officials are working towards the cause.
And if all goes well, Ernakulam boat jetty will be a decent halt to the many boats in Kochi backwaters.
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Posted on 20 April 2012.
Heard about Kochi’s latest make-over? And this time, public spaces in the city will look spanking new after the latest project being implemented. The initiative by Kochi Corporation will begin soon. And this time, we shall have experts working on this City Space Improvement Project. The detailed plan from the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA- Cochin Chapter) will determine when and where the project will be done.
The cost estimated for the project is 30 lakhs, and the civic body plans to implement the project in a public-private-participation (PPP) mode. With the support of agencies like the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Confederation of Indian Industry, along with private companies like Inkel, the authorities plan to bring out the best from the project.
The IIA also plans to host a competition within its members, inviting entries with the best designs for their seven pilot projects. The basic plan will be launched by the 23rd of April 2012.
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Posted on 04 April 2012.
Here is a summer camp for all the aspiring child actors out there! ‘A Centre for Theater’ is launching ‘Nadaka Kalari’, a theater camp which will be held at SRV High School on April 16th. This 7 day camp will help the students get acquainted with theater performances and enhance their knowledge on acting. Nadaka Kalari is a part of the launch of ACT’s children’s wing named ‘Butterfly’. The event will be inaugurated by actor Nedumudi Venu. The camp is held in association with Kochi Corporation, Public Library and Tharangam Cultural Center.
Students from classes 4th to 9th can be a part of this event. And if you are one amongst the talented actors, you can be part of the play ‘Urumbukal’, which will be staged at the National Fest this year. Drama performed by the students and the production team will also be staged on the final day of the camp.
You have to pay a fee amount of 500 rupees (including food). For more details, contact Santosh at 94478 41916 or Ajayan at 91422 78691.
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Posted on 27 March 2012.
Summer is supposedly not at its peak yet, but Kochi is already smoldering! Water scarcity in the city is at its rise, and residents from certain parts of the city still find it hard to get drinking water. Outskirts of Kochi city need proper drinking supply at the earliest. The Kerala State Referral Institute for Water Quality, the District Health Department and Kochi Corporation are geared up to provide safe, healthy, quality water to Kochi residents.
Summer is a season when people fall prey to water-borne diseases, and you must be on extra vigil in order to avoid them. From the cool drinks that you sip on at your nearby shop, to the water provided at hotels, make sure you they are clean and hygienic!
Health Inspectors and officials from the health department are on their vigil as well to prevent water-borne diseases, which are at their rise this season. Hence way-side eateries and outlets are being kept on constant watch. But you need to always make sure that your health is not ‘taken for a ride’ this summer. Eat and drink safe!
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