Now, Kochi can form the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority with Central Government assistance under the Urban Transport funds.
Mayor Tony Chammany has got the intimation from the Union Ministry of Urban Development informing the civic body that the city has been included in the list of cities where UMTAs will be constituted.
“With this, we will get the service of experts for constituting an UMTA for Kochi. The corporation has been focussing on steps to be initiated for improving urban transportation in the city. “We have also sought the services of a nodal officer for further proceedings in this regard. A meeting of stakeholders will also be convened soon,” Mayor Tony Chammany said.
As per the guidelines, the UMTA will act as an umbrella body that regulates the overall performance of the public transport system and it will ensure that the city has a comprehensive public transport system. Such bodies would design networks and routes, assess demand, contract services, monitor performance and manage common facilities like bus stations and terminals. It would have representation from all major operators and stakeholders.
The Central Government had suggested that UMTA might be constituted in million-plus cities to coordinate various modes of transportation. On the basis of this suggestion a special session was organised by the corporation and the details were submitted before the authorities concerned.
Following this, experts entrusted by the Ministry of Urban Transport had visited the city and held a meeting on unified transport facility and related subjects in June 2013 in which the District Collector, representatives of the Kochi Metro Rail Limited and Vyttila Mobility Hub Society, the Police, the Motor Vehicles Department and other stakeholders were present.
An application urging the Ministry to constitute UMTA for Kochi was forwarded by the corporation on October 2, 2013. The expert panel also took a stand in favour of Kochi.
Source-new indian express