The city has been selected as one of the 100 cities in the world and one among the three cities in India for the Mobilise Your City (MYC) programme.
The other two Indian cities selected under the programme are Nagpur and Ahmedabad. The MYC will provide technical assistance with a grant of €3.5 million for the three cities through French funding agency Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD).
Mayor Soumini Jain along with Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) Managing Director Elias George received the MYC membership certificate from Annie Guillemot, Senator and president of SYTRAL, at a function organised by KMRL here on Thursday.
The Kochi Corporation submitted the application for MYC in November, 2016, with the technical support of KMRL. The MYC steering committee had intimated the Mayor regarding the selection of Kochi in December, 2016.
The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and the State government are in the process of getting the bilateral agreement signed between the Union government’s Department of Economic Affairs and AFD by the end of March.
The Ministry had proposed Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority-Kochi as the implementation agency for MYC initiatives in the city.
The MYC will assist Kochi in implementing low-carbon transit solutions with project-based approach.
The MYC is an initiative combining urban mobility objectives and climate considerations. It aims at providing solutions in a fully integrated manner, analysing different modes of transportation within the urban fabric, with the objective of providing people long-term, sustainable, adequate, reliable and cost-efficient transportation opportunities.