Cochin Smart Mission Ltd (CSML) has teamed up with the Kochi Corporation to revamp all recreational areas in the city, in a project that will be implemented in three phases. The first phase has already begun, focusing on open spaces in the central business district (Ernakulam), Fort Kochi, and Mattancherry.
The renovation of unused open spaces will address the shortage of open spaces in the city. Mayor M Anil Kumar stated that the city is facing a dearth of open spaces, and the project will help overcome this shortfall. The CSML board approved the request to undertake the project, with an estimated cost of ₹34 crore for the renovation of open spaces in various areas of the city.
The renovation work will include landscaping, sculpture installation, ornamental lighting, and the procurement of play equipment, among other components. The first phase of the project includes the Parade Ground, Ro-Ro Jetty area, Subhash Bose Park, and open spaces on Church Road and River Road in Fort Kochi, with a budget of ₹9.98 crore.
The central business district area will see the renovation of Rajendra Maidan, Marine Drive, High Court Junction, Vanchi Square, and Chilavannoor Park. Public toilets will also be constructed as part of the project.
The authorities have neglected the P J Antony Cultural Centre and Ground for several years. However, work has begun on its renovation with an outlay of ₹7.41 crore for the project.