Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Workshop for Inclusive City Partnership Programme
9-10 May 2016, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
GIZ-Inclusive Cities Partnership Programme (ICPP) has partnered with Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UDD), Odisha in planning and implementation of select components of ‘AWAAS’ and Housing for All missions in the cities of Puri and Berhampur. In this regard, a two-day ‘Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Workshop’ was organised by GIZ-ICPP in partnership with OUHM, H&UDD Government of Odisha, in Bhubaneswar on 9-10 May, 2016.
The workshop was organised to consult with Deputy Secretary to Government of Odisha, OUHM, Deputy Mayor and Municipal Commissioner, Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC), Chairman and Executive Officer, Puri Municipality, experts from State Level Technical Cell (OUHM), other key officials from BeMC, Berhampur Development Authority (BeDA), Puri Municipality, Puri Konark Development Authority (PKDA), resource persons from Magic Bricks, Sewa Grih Rin Ltd. and other key local stakeholders representing local NGOs, academic think tank, consultancy firms.
The main objective of the workshop was to build a consensus on the approach and activities needed for implementing beneficiary-led construction 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.
The first day of the workshop consisted of technical presentations on scope of ICPP, use of ICT solutions to facilitate urban poor in accessing rental housing, and institutional credit opportunities for housing with informal tenure, followed by group work on the three interventions areas (Beneficiary-Led Construction, Rental Housing and Housing for All Plan of Action+) and responsible actors.
Outcomes of the Beneficiary-led Construction group:
GIZ would prepare an approach for preparing DPRs under BLC model, and support the preparation of the same in Berhampur and PuriA land tenure study to explore the possibilities of collateralisation of semi-formal assets to be conducted
Outcomes of the HfAPoA+ group:
City plans have to be integrated while planning and implementation.Using HfAPoA and other city level plans as base, an integrated HfAPoA (HfAPoA+) would be prepared with the support of GIZ.A robust plan is possible after pooling inputs from all lateral plans available in the district/ city.
Outcomes of the HfAPoA+ group:
Possibility of using ICT tools to enable better access to rental housing for the urban poorGIZ would document the current practices and status of rental housing in Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Puri
On the second day, results of the group discussions were first presented to all delegates to gather their feedback and insights. After incorporation of the suggestions, final presentations were made to the invited dignitaries, highlighting the key intervention areas, action plans and degree of involvement of GIZ-ICPP.
In conclusion, the implementing agencies (Berhampur Municipal Corporation and Puri Municipality) thanked GIZ for the support extended to the two cities, and urged the State Government to provide additional financial assistance beyond GoI funds to help the needy families. They also requested the State Government to provide additional human resources at ULB and district level for planning and monitoring of work progress.
Mr. Durga Prasad Mohapatra, Deputy Secretary to Govt., H&UDD, in his concluding remarks, assured the dignitaries and the participants from both Berhampur and Puri that OUHM in collaboration with GIZ would strive to find harmonious solutions to the housing needs of both the cities and State. He mentioned that the decision of providing extra financial assistance to the poor people from the State is under consideration.
The ICPP team was led by Mr. Frank Samol, Project Director, and Ms. Aparna Das, Senior Advisor. The event was moderated by Mr. Shailendra Dwivedi, Senior Advisor, GIZ.