19-20 September 2016, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – Inclusive Cities Partnership Programme (ICPP) has partnered with Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UDD), Government of Tamil Nadu (GoTN), in planning and implementation of select components of Housing for All mission in the cities of Coimbatore and Chennai. In this regard, a two-day ‘Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Workshop’ was organised by GIZ-ICPP in partnership with H&UDD, GoTN, Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) and Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) in Coimbatore on 19-20 September, 2016.
The main objective was to build a consensus on the approach and activities needed for implementing integrated Housing for All Plan of Action, In-situ Housing Upgradation, and Rental Housing. In addition, synergies at the city level planning and opportunities for leverage with other ongoing projects pertaining to provisioning of the basic services were also explored and identified during the workshop. Partners from Odisha were also invited to share their experience related to housing for the poor and for cross-learning purposes.
The workshop was organised to consult with Secretary (H&UDD, GoTN), Managing Director (TNSCB), Mission Director (Odisha Urban Housing Mission (OUHM)), Deputy Secretary (OUHM), Municipal Commissioner (CCMC), technical officers from TNSCB and CCMC, and Berhampur Municipal Corporation and Puri Municipality in Odisha, and resource persons from Indo-German Centre for Sustainability Chennai, Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar, Nirma University Ahmedabad and Integrated Design Bengaluru.
Day One Proceedings
The first day of the workshop consisted of technical presentations and group works. Mr. Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, Secretary H&UDD, GoTN, gave an overview of the initiatives taken by the State Government in the affordable housing sector. Mr. Frank Samol, Project Director, ICPP, set the context for the workshop. The event also marked the signing of a Note of Cooperation between H&UDD, GoTN and GIZ-ICPP for continued partnership.
Mr. Sachin R. Jadhav, Mission Director, OUHM, presented the current status of housing policies and programmes in Odisha. ICPP team presented on the scope of ICPP, Housing for All Plan of Action Plus (HfAPoA+), Beneficiary-Led-Construction (BLC) and Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS), Rental Housing and Automated Single Window Approval System (ASWAS). TNSCB provided an overview of the status of various housing missions in Chennai, Coimbatore and other cities of the State. This was followed by group works on the possible interventions areas in Tamil Nadu (HfAPoA+, rental housing, and in-situ housing upgradation).
Day Two Proceedings
On the second day, an exposure visit to the Smart City area and a few rehabilitated colonies in Coimbatore was conducted. Various measures for the rejuvenation of water bodies and resettlement of slums located on vulnerable areas were also shown.
The results of the group discussions were presented to Mr. Shambu Kallolikar, Managing Director, TNSCB, and other delegates. MD, TNSCB thanked GIZ for the support extended to the State of Tamil Nadu. He expressed that the collaboration with GIZ would strive to find harmonious solutions to the housing needs in the State. In conclusion, Mr. Frank Samol expressed his pleasure in the continued partnership with the city of Coimbatore and Tamil Nadu state.
The ICPP team was led by Mr. Frank Samol and Ms. Aparna Das, Senior Advisor, ICPP. The event was moderated by Ms. Anindita Mukherjee, Technical Expert, ICPP.