Kochi Thanks Its ‘Bhais’ This Diwali
Kochi: A large number of migrant workers (fondly-referred to as ‘bhais’) have been actively involved in the construction of the Kochi Metro. ‘Thanks Bhai’, a community project which aims to express the citizens’ gratitude to Kochi’s oft-unacknowledged ‘bhais’ for their hard work, was conducted at the Kaloor Metro yard. The project is essentially a crowd-funded campaign to raise money for sweets, and to collect personalized messages of gratitude from the citizens for the workers for this Diwali.
The event was inaugurated by Hibi Eden, MLA. Sweets and personal greeting messages to the workers were distributed later. “Migrants of the city – the ‘bhais’, are among the most hardworking people, but are sadly, the least acknowledged section of Kerala’s population,” says Eden. “Many of them leave their families behind and move to Kerala to work selflessly for projects like The Kochi Metro. This noble initiative which expresses gratitude to these unsung heroes is quite laudable,” he mentioned.
The campaign was initiated by a group of professionals led by ‘The Kitchen’ – a collaborative platform for entrepreneurs and businesses, Asten Realtors, Autotree and MacMills Consulting. The sweet distribution started from Metro Yard, Kaloor and later moved to Kacheripady, M G Road, Elamkulam, Palarivattom, Muttom Depot, CUSAT, Kalamaserry, Aluva and concluded at FACT casting yard. 'Thanks Bhai’ has been ably supported by the Kochi Metro Rail and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The event has raised nearly Rs. 3 lakh from the people as well as contributions from corporate houses like Asten Realtors, Autotree, Tierra Foods, Mobikwik and Best Bakers.