The UN-Habitat supported European Union funded SOLUTIONS (Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban transporTatION) is one of the major ongoing project of Cochin City. The project aims to support the exchange on innovative and green urban mobility solutions between cities from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean. The project also focuses on the uptake of innovative and green urban mobility solutions across the world through dialogues and exchanges.
Cochin is one of the take-up cities and has been teamed-up with the City of Hangzhou (China) with ICLEI as the take-up Coach. As a next step towards this project, a team led by the Project Manager of SOLUTIONS, Oliver Lah, visited Cochin and interacted with the officials and other stakeholders. The project is progressing and is coordinated by c-hed for Cochin.
The project is being coordinated by c-hed for the Kochi Municipal Corporation.
The city of Cochin is witnessing the great shift towards a metro city with its infrastructure boom and transport projects. With the commencement of many major projects, the focus has shifted to providing seamless and sustainable accessibility and connectivity through integration of transport systems. The challenge lies in understanding the opportunities and constraints and visualizing the transport requirements to plan for better implementation.
In this regard a Mapping and Implementation Workshop was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Mayor Shri.Tony Chammany and organised by c-hed.The workshop debated on the major shortcomings in urban transport connectivity and involved the exercise of identifying areas with poor connectivity in the Central Business District area. As a result a grid was prepared led by Ms. Susan Zielinski, Managing Director, SMART, University of Michigan.
Participants in the workshop, including Kochi Municipal Corporation chairman, councilors, representative of residents associations and civic experts, attended the exercise of identifying the connectivity in the specified area.