Low-floor bus service for city

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Staff Reporter

Project to utilise funds from JNNURM

Water transport network mooted

KOCHI: The National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC) will prepare a detailed project report for introducing low-floor bus service in Kochi.

This was decided at a meeting of the Kochi Corporation council convened here on Monday.

The project will utilise the funds to be released by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for Kochi under the urban road transport component. The Kochi Corporation will join the special purpose vehicle to be formed for the management of the bus transport system.

The Local Administration Department, Kerala Urban and Rural Development Fund Corporation and the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will be the other stakeholders of the special purpose vehicle.

Even while initiating steps to get the bus transport project going, the council has decided to urge the Mission authorities to support it in setting up an inland water transport network too.

Explaining the details of the project, Kochi Mayor Mercy Williams said the support was offered to Kochi as an additional Central assistance. The project had been suggested for Kochi considering the 10-lakh plus population of what is called the Kochi Urban Agglomerate.

It has been suggested to purchase 110 low-floor buses under the scheme and run a mass rapid transport system in the city. Though it was earlier suggested that WAPCOS, an empanelled consultant, should prepare the detailed project report, Local Administration Minister Paloli Mohammed Kutty suggested that the works be assigned to the NATPAC considering its expertise in the field.

The NATPAC had earlier conducted transport-related studies for Kochi and the data generated during these studies could be used for the preparation of the report, Ms. Williams said.

Bus terminals have to be set up at Vyttila, Kakkanad, Thripunithura, Vypeen, Fort Kochi and Aroor.

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