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Four years ago Gurugram based consultancy firm Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) had prepared route rationalization study of buses that operate in the Greater Kochi area to bring about the optimal utility of the 1,500-odd private and Kochi State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses that operate in the region.
As the report was prepared four years before commissioning of Kochi Metro Rail project in the city and now it has been felt that the report prepared by the UMTC may be relooked. In this regard, KMRL has written a letter to UMTC to prepare the revised report on route rationalization study on buses.
“We wrote to the agency once again, on whether it is interested in updating its study report. This is because much has changed during the past four years, including Kochi metro’s commissioning, following which over 30,000 commuters shifted to it from other modes of transport. Similarly, the approximately 1,000 private buses in the region have been arrayed under seven bus companies. In this context, a relook of the initial study is needed,” said Metro rail sources.
Sources said that the decision to update the study is being seen as a preparatory step before the long overdue Unified Metropolitan Transportation Authority (UMTA) is established in Kochi to integrate different modes of public transport for ease of commuting.
Unlike in other cities in Kerala, the Kochi is unique since it has a metro rail system and a ferry network that are likely to witness a revolutionary change with the introduction of the ₹747-crore Water Metro network in December 2019.
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