The ”Twin City” pact, a 40,000 pound partnership project between the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation in India and London’s Newham Council is all set to explore ways to alleviate poverty and encourage people to get involved in decision-making process. Under the programme, ward-level digital mapping would be conducted to help the Corporation in India to evolve long-term development strategies based on specific needs. The first phase of the project involves the development of GIS maps from physical maps available with the Survey Department. The second phase would see the preparation of ward-level maps. And in the last stage, ‘scale’ maps would be prepared.
The pact approved recently by the city Corporation targets communities requiring support, determining their needs and skills required for making decisions to assist them. The project report on the pact submitted by the Newham Council had been approved, sources in the Corporation said and added that the project work would begin only after a new council was sworn in after completion of the local body elections. Once completed, the project would help the Corporation to solve many problems like issuance of building permits and collecting Property Tax among others, the sources said. The project also involves a ”twinning” programme for schools in the two cities, exchange of teachers and bilateral promotion of tourism.