Greater Cochin Development Authority
|Type||The planning and development authority of the Metropolitan area of Cochin|
|Headquarters||Kochi, Kerala, India|
|Area served||Kochi, Kerala|
|Key people||N Venugopal( Chairman,GCDA)|
Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) is the statutory body overseeing the development of the City of Kochi in the state of Kerala, India. Technically, GCDA oversees the development of the major part of Greater Cochin area which consists of the Cochin Corporation, 9 surrounding municipalities (Thrippunithura, Thrikkakara, Aluva, Kalamassery, Maradu, Eloor, North Paravur, Angamaly, and Perumbavoor) and 25 intervening panchayats (Cheranelloor, Varappuzha, Chennamangalam, Kadamakkudy, Kadungalloor, Alengad, Chengamanad, Nedumbassery, Chottanikkara, Choornikkara, Edathala, Kumbalam, Kottuvally and others) covering an area of 632 km2. This has a population of 2,589,038 (2001 census). GCDA is one of the two development authorities in Kochi, the other being GIDA which oversees development in the islands towards west of the Kochi mainland, and north of the harbour, covering a total area of 100 km2.
GCDA was the first exclusive agency formed for the development of any urban area in the state of Kerala. This led to the formation of development authorities for other cities in the state. The first of these were TRIDA – the Trivandrum Development Authority. Later development authorities were formed for Kozhikode and Thrissur as well.
Kochi Marine Drive
The Marine Drive is one of the most significant projects that GCDA has ever undertaken. The whole of the present Kochi Marine Drive (part of the Kochi Lake, west of the Shanmugham Road to the present Walkway) was claimed from the Kochi Lake in the 1980s. This land later became home for a line of high-rises namely, the GateWay Residency Hotel, the Bay Pride Mall, Kerala Trade Centre etc. A common code for construction is enforced in this stretch of land which includes that the building could be of a maximum 13 storeys, the eastern and western boundaries of the buildings should coincide etc. The sub projects of the Kochi Marine Drive include:
- The Marine Walkway stretching from Subhas Chandra Bose Park in the south, to KSINC Boat Jetty in the north.
- The Rainbow Bridge which is part of the Marine Walkway
- The China Net Bridge which is part of the Marine Walkway
- GCDA Shopping Complex in Marine Drive.
- The Asoka-Tharangini Apartments
Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium
The largest stadium in Kerala with a seating capacity of 75000, and costed 75 Crore. The stadium was constructed in 515 days.
- Maharaja's College Ground
- Rajendra maidan near Subhas Chandra Bose Park.
- Eastern Terminal of the Ernakulam Junction Railway Station
- Ambedkar Stadium near K.S.R.T.C bus station.
- Panampilly Nagar. The first ever planned urban housing colony in Kerala.
- Gandhi Nagar. Another planned housing colony developed by GCDA.
- Kaloor-Kadavanthra Road (KK Road) connecting Kadavanthra and Kaloor.
- Subhas Chandra Bose Road
- Changampuzha Park, the cultural centre in memory of late poet Sri. Changampuzha, at Edappally.
The Indian railways was hesitation to run and use the GCDA owned Building at Platform 6 at Ernakulam junction railway station. it is believed to be the reason behind the delay of employing the platform 6 for services. Also the parking area was run by GCDA and the fare differed with the parking area at platform 1.
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