In order to extend strategic support to affected communities and illustrate the need for integrating disaster mitigation into mainstream planning for the city, it was decided to undertake a strategic planning exercise for Colachel as part of USAID funded, multi-nation program called Good Urban Governance in South Asia.
Colachel is a port town on the West Coast, in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, India. Colachel was the thirdly most badly affected area in the entire State with a death toll of about 600 people.
The outcome of the exercise was a participatory Strategic Development Plan. This included a spatial strategy , a bundle of infrastructure projects and an investment plan.