Ferry services from Vyttila Mobility Hub to Kakkanad and Thevara is expected to begin within two months.
The deadline to construct the jetty would expire by the end of this month, but it is doubtful whether the works will be over by then. Stakeholders are awaiting its speedy construction and operation of boats since commuters to Kakkanad will be able to cover the distance in 15 minutes. The Vyttila-Thevara sector can be covered in 20 minutes.
“The ferry services will take about half the time taken by buses, which pass through congested roads,” said a senior State Water Transport Department (SWTD) official. “We hope to begin the service in two months’ time and are awaiting the jetty’s commissioning.
The commuting time can be further reduced if faster boats are procured using Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) funds.”
Aimed at ensuring the availability of different modes of transport at the hub, three boat jetties have been envisaged – one each for government and private-operated passenger ferries and one for tourist boats, said M. Beena, the MD of Vyttila Mobility Hub Society. The other two will be built in phase two of the hub’s development.