An integrated multi-modal transport system linking air, road and waterways will be implemented to solve transport and traffic problems, Minister for Public Works V.K. Ebrahim Kunju has said.
Addressing a press conference here on Thursday in connection with the second anniversary of the government, the Minister said a study for the multi-modal transport system had been completed and would be implemented in the first phase in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode cities.
Single ticketing system, renovation of bus depots, improving facilities at boat jetties and multi-level parking in railway and bus stations would be taken up under the project. A consultant would be appointed to work out technical and financial aspects, he said.
The Minister said catering and housekeeping in rest houses under the PWD would be handed over to Kudumbasree and an MoU would be signed soon.
Mr. Kunju said discussions were on for finalising the Infrastructure Act.
The Act proposed to take up projects under the PPP model with more participation of the public. Steps would be taken to reach a consensus on toll collection and other issues under the Act.
Listing out achievements of the UDF government in the last two years, the Minister said upgrading of roads and proper upkeep was the biggest achievement of the PWD. The second phase of the World Bank-aided Rs.2,403-crore Kerala State Transport Project was one of the major works being taken after the government came to power. The World Bank had promised Rs.1,166 crore for the second phase.
Schemes were being worked out to reconstruct and upgrade 8,570 km of rural roads as per national standards using the financial assistance of Nabard. The government had decided not to handover the five national highway stretches in the State to the NHAI that were to be developed under the BOT concept and through toll collection.