High-level meet to discuss Vytilla mobility hub today

Staff Reporter

District Collector to attend meeting to be chaired by Chief Secretary

KOCHI: The State government will consider on Wednesday the proposed city mobility project with Vytilla as the hub.

The project aims to solve a good share of commuting problems in the city by creating an integrated bus terminal, parking bays for private vehicles and autos, and other amenities on 25 acres of land owned by the Agriculture Department and Kerafed at Vytilla Junction. Traffic congestion in the western parts of the city will be considerably reduced once a full-fledged terminal is established for the KSRTC and inter-district private buses at the junction. By basing operations in Vytilla, the KSRTC and private buses would be able to save huge amounts on fuel and wear and tear, apart from the time saved in not entering the city.

Sources said that Wednesday’s meeting is likely to be chaired by the Chief Secretary. The Local Self Government Secretary, District Collector M. Beena and representatives from the KSRTC and other stakeholders too will be present.

The Vytilla mobility hub project was prepared for CII-Kerala by the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), with help from the Kumar Group of architects. Under this, different modes of transport like roadways, metro rail, railways and waterways would be integrated.

All these modes of transport are within reach from the proposed hub on the eastern side of the Vytilla junction and this would leave commuters with a wide choice. From Vytilla, public transport systems can provide connectivity with the western and eastern parts of the city, West Kochi and also regional hubs like Vypeen, Palarivattom, Kakkanad, Thripunithura and Aroor. Vytilla is also well-connected with National Highways 47, 17 and 49, the seaport and the airport.

The Bus Terminal Action Committee has, meanwhile, said that the project’s main attraction would be that it will not displace anyone.

The committee general convenor Francis Manjooran had approached the High Court early this year, seeking a direction to the State government, the GCDA, the Kochi Corporation and the Ernakulam district panchayat to complete the bus terminal project at the earliest.

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