‘Revive Kochi’ brings colour to the city’s growing concrete jungle

ByJoshua Eugine

Published Nov 01, 2023 | 2:55 PMUpdatedNov 01, 2023 | 3:38 PM

Cities are under the constant threat of rapid urbanisation which often neglects the day-to-day well-being of public spaces. As Kochi’s concrete jungle continues to expand, it has fallen under the target of littering and unmanaged garbage disposal. 

Luckily, the city has received the help. Organisations have come together to restore Kochi’s beauty and return it to the public space it once was.

Revive Kochi was officially launched on Sunday, 29 October, 2023, as a joint initiative of the KITES Foundation, Sai Gramam Trust and Kochi Corporation.

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City beautification

The team aims to conduct cleaning drives and city beautification projects in urban spaces across Kerala’s 14 districts. They kicked off the initiative at Kochi’s Marine Drive. 

Marine Drive is a gateway to the city’s large tourist populace. Its struggle to maintain cleanliness gratefully invited a ‘revival’ from a group of responsible citizens and helpful volunteers.

By conducting cleaning drives and then creating wall paintings and gardens around those areas, the ‘Revive’ teams hope to keep urban spaces clean. It also inspires the public to take responsibility for their cities. 

As Marine Drive gets a makeover, more people are seen returning to reclaim it as a public space as ‘Revive Kochi’ takes their mission to another corner of the city.

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