Bus Day to be revived in Kochi

Bus Day, a concept born out of the need to encourage the public to adopt public transport, is all set to get a new lease of life.

It had met with a premature end soon after its State-wide launch in the city with much fanfare towards the end of last year. The first edition of the Bus Day held on December 18 proved the final one or, that was the impression around till the Kochi based Centre for Public Policy Research took the initiative to revive it.

The second Bus Day will now be observed in the city on May 31. It will be launched in the Fort Kochi-Aluva route. The organisers are also planning to rope in celebrities from various fields as was done in the case of the inaugural event.

First round discussions on the event had already been held at the chamber of the Fort Kochi Revenue Divisional Officer.

As of now, a decision has been taken make it a monthly affair. The idea is to observe it on the third Wednesday of every month.

The venture is likely to have the support of the district administration, Kerala State Transport Department, Private Bus Operators' Associations, Road Transport Officers in Ernakulam and Fort Kochi, and the traffic police. The Mattancherry-based Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be the sponsors of the event.

Special promotional events have also been planned from next week in this connection. Besides, an awareness class on Bus Day for bus drivers will be held at the hall of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday.

With fuel price and traffic congestion on the rise, the programme had not come a day soon. While the revival of the programme is in itself a welcome development, it is far from achieving its targeted segment of public – the car passengers.

While car users are prepared to use the public transport, what they are asking for is proper and safe parking facilities.

With the pay and park facility not feasible for all-day long parking, the need is for someone to sponsor that part of the expense to woo in car passengers in large numbers.

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