KMRL Signs Joint Declaration of Intent With Autorickshaw Drivers For Integrating 15,000 Auto-Rickshaws With Metro System

KMRL Signs Joint Declaration of Intent With Autorickshaw Drivers For Integrating 15,000 Auto-Rickshaws With Metro System

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Date Of Post : 24 Jan, 2018

Kochi: KMRL (Kochi Metro Rail Ltd.) has signed a Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) with the district level coordination committee of autorickshaw drivers’ unions for integrating the auto-rickshaw network with Metro system. The landmark agreement will bring together 15,000 auto-rickshaws in Greater Kochi area under one umbrella which will act as a single unit in transporting commuters from mass transit to their final destination & vice versa.

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More Information:

  • The autos under a registered society will start operations for a variety of services like feeder, hire, call & rental.
  • The objective is to support KMRL in implementing ‘Seamless Transportation for Kochi’ by providing feeder services around its stations and other public transport modes.
  • The feeder services will operate its fleet through the identified routes with a specified number of services & trips.
  • As many as 300 auto drivers have been provided behavioural & road safety training to operate as feeder transport in a passenger-friendly manner.

 

Image Credit: Kochi Metro

Pact Signed-

  • The JDI was signed on Tuesday between Thiruman Archunan (director – projects, KMRL) & M.B. Syamathabhadran, convener,  the district-level coordination committee of auto rickshaw driver’s unions in the presence of A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish, Managing Director, KMRL.
  • Mr Hanish said,”It is perhaps the first time in the country that a formalisation of auto rickshaw drivers is being attempted. Along with this, the formation of bus societies will improve operational efficiency and thereby better working hours, working conditions and wages. Commuters of Kochi would definitely benefit from the unique step.”
  • “Once the auto rickshaw society is formed, the drivers and their families would be provided with skill building, training and other support to engage in home-based businesses to support their income.”
  • KMRL has facilitated the agreement by bringing together the 6 auto-rickshaw driver’s unions in the city.
  • Also , the society would operate 150 electric autos on the feeder network.

Image Credit: Kochi Metro

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