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Gandhi Nagar, Kochi

Gandhi Nagar is one of the two earliest (the other being Panampilly Nagar) planned housing colonies in the city of Kochi in the state of Kerala, India.[1] It was developed by the end of the 1970s by Greater Cochin Development Authority, the statutory body overseeing the development of Kochi. What is now Gandhi Nagar was, in the 1970s, abandandoned paddy fields, and wet lands. The land was developed by filling with earth from the hills of Kakkanad, and a planned housing colony was developed.

Contents

  • Amenities 1
  • Other institutions 2
  • The housing scheme based on 'income groups' 3
  • In popular culture 4
  • References 5

Amenities

Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium

Gandhi Nagar, being a planned housing colony has a handful of amenities which are generally uncommon for housing colonies in the state or even in Kochi. The amenities include:

Other institutions

Even though Gandhi Nagar is a planned housing colony, being in the heart of the city of Kochi, it is home for certain government organizations such as:

The housing scheme based on 'income groups'

In the original plan of this colony, the housing regions where divided into three based on the income group of the potential occupants, and houses were built in these regions on four different formats, for four different income groups. It may be now perceived a quite unaesthetic, or unpolitical, but these houses were, in fact, named to bear the category of these income groups. They were named: EWS (Economically Weak Section), LIG (Lower Income Group), MIG (Middle Income Group), and HIG (High Income Group). Although the expansions of these abbreviations are now forgotten, these houses still bear these abbreviations in their house numbers. The same scheme was followed in Panampilly Nagar as well. Even though the same format of housing was replication in later projects of GDCA like the South Commercial, and in Kakkanad, the income group based naming was not followed.

In popular culture

  • Gandhinagar 2nd Street, a 1986 Malayalam film directed by Sathyan Anthikad had name of this colony as its title. The film featured the life-style in a typical urban housing colony in Kochi in 1980s, which the rest of the state, then mostly unurbanized, perceived with a critical eye, and Gandhi Nagar was more of a stereotype for such an urban colony.
  • In the film In Harihar Nagar, a 1990 Malayalam film written and directed by Siddique-Lal, the writers created a fictitious housing colony out of both Gandhi Nagar and Panampilly Nagar, the only two planned housing colonies in the state at that time, and tried to portray the urban-life of Kochi of the 1980s. The film was shot in both these colonies.

References

  1. ^ Hello Cochin. 'Cochin: Queen of the Arabian Sea'.
  2. ^ The Hindu. 'Fire at Panampilly Nagar'.
  3. ^ The Hindu. 'Tanker lorries collide; disaster averted'.
  4. ^ migpeg.com

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