Date of Post: 23 Oct, 2017
Kochi: Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL), has envisaged 14 intermodal passenger mobility hubs in its comprehensive mobility plan to connect towns in Kochi’s periphery using the hub-and-spoke model. Also, the plan suggests intermodal logistics hubs as well.
KMRL has submitted a DPR (Detailed Project Report) for the construction of the phase-II of Vyttila Mobility Hub to the state government.
Mobility Hubs Have Been Proposed at
- North Paravoor
- Fort Kochi
These Eight Locations Have Been Identified As Logistic Hubs
- ICTT Road
- Willingdon Island
The Mobility Plan
- The mobility plan demands introduction of information technology integration to provide maximum support for those using public transport.
- The plan suggested a mobility app with features, including booking tickets, identifying Metro rail stations & providing information to tourists, passenger alerts & shopping should be introduced.
- Also, the mobility plan suggests a paradigm shift in prioritizing traffic.
- As of now, the rule of the road is ‘vehicles first, pedestrians next’, and this will have to be reversed.
- Encouraging non-motorized transport by providing cycle tracks & walkways are being mooted.
- A KMRL official said,”A mobility hub exists in Vyttila. We are awaiting government nod to start phase-II work of the hub. It is as per a study conducted by us that the proposal for constructing mobility hubs in towns surrounding Kochi have been prepared. Now, government will have to take a call on the proposal.”
- The official said,”Convergence of different modes of transport should be ensured at each hub if possible. This will ensure smooth flow of transport.”
- Angamaly & Kalamasserry will have both rail & road transport, while Aroor will see convergence of water, rail & road transport.
- From the state government, KMRL has sought a financial aid of Rs 4 crore for conducting further studies in this regard.