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GCDA unveils 3 satellite cities on outskirts of Kochi

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GCDA unveils 3 satellite cities on outskirts of Kochi

The Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) has decided to build three satellite townships on the outskirts of Kochi in order to protect the city from floods and rising sea levels. The city centre would be preserved as Parent City and expanded as the first Sponge City in Kerala, according to the urban growth idea put up by the GCDA during the National Urban Conclave.

The Sponge City concept, which has been successfully applied in nations like China, primarily attempts to address concerns like water scarcity, waterlogging, water pollution, and ecological degradation, according to senior town planner for GCDA M M Jisha. A specially designed drainage system will be built in the Parent City (CBD area), in addition to other environmentally friendly projects.

The proposed economic city project would establish satellite towns in peri-urban areas where the principal operations, including human populations, would be relocated from flood-prone locations.

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A significant focus would be improving the road connectivity between the parent towns and the satellite towns. The economic metropolis would be built around the proposed 100-kilometer ring road that will run through Puthencruz, Mulanthuruthi, and Poothotta to connect Angamali with Ezhupunna in Alappuzha. Each township will have commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, tourist attractions, information technology companies, sports facilities, service-oriented businesses, and residential sections.

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