As part of developing lung spaces in Kochi city the Cochin Smart Mission Limited has decided to construct an Open Air Theater (OAT) at Fort Kochi. The 385 Sq m vacant land within Kochi Municipal Corporation Zonal office premises at Fort Kochi will be developed into a state of the art open air theater. The total cost of the project is Rs 1.06 crore.
CSML on Wednesday started site work at Fort Kochi.
As per the various studies the present allocation for open green spaces & parks in Kochi City is far lower than what is required. At present only 0.65 Sq km is open green space which is less than 1 percent of the Corporation area.
Through Open-Air Theatre CSML will develop a cultural activity hub for exchanging different art forms and create awareness about the rich history of Fort Kochi & Mattancherry .
Once completed the developed area will perform as a green plaza & leisure space for hundreds of visitors to Fort Kochi and Mattancherry. Fort kochi is a hub of artists so this open air theatre would give an opportunity for them to display their art formssaid Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, CEO CSML.
Open Air Theatre is designed for public gatherings with a seating capacity of 228 people. The OAT will offer a beautiful view of the backwaters. The area will be Landscaped with art installations and sculptures and proper LED lighting for ensuring safety and security of the public. A toilet complex with green room facility exclusively for the users of open- air theatre is also designed in an area of 45 sq.m.
CSML has already engaged a contractor and the project is expected to be completed by December 2020.