Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) received administration sanction (AS) nearly a year after its foundation laying ceremony. The proposal for the Rs 15.845-crore project to be completed under the state government’s ‘Livelihood Inclusion and Financial Empowerment (LIFE) Mission’ scheme at the 70 cents of GCDA land at Mundamveli was approved by the local administration department.
GCDA chairman V Saleem said the construction works were expected to begin in two weeks. The ownership of the land will continue to be with GCDA, and the LIFE Mission will transfer the funds soon. At present, experts from IIT-Madras are conducting a study of the project to provide the final estimate.
The housing complex, to be constructed in two blocks consisting of 88 apartment units, had been remaining in papers even though chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated its foundation laying ceremony in July last year. Ever since then the project witnessed several hurdles in terms of clearances and funding. Earlier there were reports that the fund allotted would not be sufficient.
Even though the AS is received, technical sanction (TS) should be cleared before the foundation or piling works begins. There is fund issue but it could be balanced by implementing the pre-fabricated model construction, which will be faster than conventional construction method. Moreover, financial assistance will be provided through the Pradhan Mantri Awaz Yojana (Urban) of the central government. GCDA is also exploring the possibilities of CSR contributions from various companies.
The soil test report of the site found that the soil is not suitable for construction without proper pile foundation. Instead of the estimated 15m, there is a need of piling up to around 50m depth.