‘Framework to Future Proof’ Aluva, an urban plan prepared by Atkins UK and INTBAU with support from the UK government….reports Asian Lite News
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy unveiled a masterplan to help Aluva, a bustling town in the district of Ernakulam, to face the challenges of urbanisation and ecology.
The chief minister has launched a series of projects which form the core of the ‘Framework to Future Proof’ Aluva, an urban plan prepared by Atkins UK and International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU), with support from the UK Government. Councillor Jebi Mather, co-ordinator of the project, explained the key factors of the project with a miniature.
The plan consists of a portfolio of projects, set of activities and additions to the Aluva urban master plan. The projects announced come under the infrastructure priorities for immediate intervention on sanitation, waste segregation and sewage systems. The key objective is to provide citizens of Aluva, primarily with cleaner water and air, better sanitation facilities, improved road safety and flooding systems.
“The Framework to Future Proof Aluva will help the town to attain a sustainable eco-friendly urban development plan,” Jebi told Asian Lite News.
Jebi recently led a delegation which consists of MLA, Chairman and top officials to discuss he project with British officials in London.
Ministers Manjalamkuzhi Ali, and V. K. Ebrahimkunju; Anwar Sadath, MLA; and M. T. Jacob, Chairman of Aluva municipality were among those who attended the programme.
Chandy announced launch of projects under the infrastructure priorities for immediate intervention on sanitation, waste segregation and sewage systems. With substantial private sector involvement, these projects will play a key role towards improving quality of life of the people of Aluva.
Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai, praised the Aluva Municipality and the Government of Kerala for the projects and promised to work with stakeholders to realise the masterplan.
Sandy Sheard, Counsellor, Energy and Climate Growth Unit, British High Commission, New Delhi said: Economic growth that is low carbon and climate aware is at the heart of the smart cities agenda. We are extremely pleased to have collaborated with Aluva Municipality and the Government of Kerala to support their vision for sustainable, climate resilience development in this important and historic town. It is wonderful to see the work take shape through the initial projects announced today.
Roger Savage, Director, Atkins UK, said: It gives me great pleasure to see the start of tangible deliverables under the future proofing framework of Aluva. The three key priority areas for our intervention are an urban design plan to improve the quality of public places to encourage use of low carbon transport options, restoration of Periyar river and implementation of green corridors and improvements in the waste management systems of Aluva. We are confident that the projects carried out under the framework will deliver high quality changes which would enable Aluva better adapt to climate risks.
In November 2013, Prince Charles during his discussion with the chief minister highlighted UK’s expertise in sustainable planning and encouraged the state to act on climate change. The chief minister spoke about the Kerala sustainable urban development work and seconded the need to develop sustainably.