With an aim to implement key urban transport reforms envisioned in the National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India has initiated the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) that aims at facilitating the provision of the urban transport infrastructure and services.
In this context, the experts delegated by the Ministry of Urban Development visited Cochin to conduct a State of the Art Review of the approach, usefulness, strengths/weakness and performance of existing and ongoing initiatives to establish UMTA (Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority) and UTF (Urban Transport Fund) for Cochin In this regard a joint session was organized on June 18th, 2013, in the Council Hall of the Kochi Municipal Corporation.
The session was presided by Worshipful Mayor, Shri. Tony Chammany, attended by Deputy Mayor Bhadra. B, Shri. Ajit Patil, Secretary, Kochi Municipal Corporation, Shri. Elias George, Managing Director, KMRL, Dr. Beena, Managing Director, Vytila Mobility Hub, City Police Commissioner, RTO, council members, and other key stake holders. The session saw a wide range of ideas from various quarters on how to implement UMTA in the city. The main concerns in the session were on two broader issues, on admission in the governing body of the UMTA and the limits of the administrative capacity of UMTA. The entire programme was co-ordinated by c-hed.
Though the rapid urbanization over the years has increased the number of roads, the unorganized parking, congested junctions are all causing havoc’s to the smooth flow of traffic within the city.
Public transport systems have not been able to keep pace with the rapid increase in demand over the past few decades. Bus services in particular have deteriorated and passengers have turned to personalized modes and intermediate public transport (IPT) (such as auto rickshaws, jeeps, taxi, tempos, mini buses etc.), adding to traffic congestion.
In order to facilitate coordinated planning and implementation of urban transport programmes and projects and an integrated management of urban transport systems, setting up of UMTA is essential.
With an aim for improving the transport facilities of the city the c-hed had initiated a special session towards formation of Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority.
The event was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister Sri. K. Babu – Minister for Fisheries, Ports and Excise, and attended by stakeholders, MLA’s and officials from Institutions.
Though the rapid urbanization over the years has increased the number of roads, the unorganized parking, congested junctions are all causing havocs to the smooth flow of traffic. The c-hed had initiated this special session towards formation of Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority, which was attended by Hon’ble Minister Sri. K. Babu -Minister for Fisheries, Ports and Excise, Government of Kerala & MLA’s, officials from Kochi Municipal Corporation, Stakeholders, Municipal Chairpersons and also members from transport authority. The session also included a presentation by NATPAC Professor Mr. T. Elangovan.