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Kerala government yet to give nod for Kochi corporation’s Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority project

KOCHI: The state government is yet to give the green signal for Kochi corporation’s Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) project.

The aim of the UMTA, suggested under national urban transport policy, is to integrate bus, train and boat services in the city.

Senior officials with the corporation said unless the government enacted legislation for the formation of UMTA, there would not be clarity on powers, regulations, responsibilities and duties of the new transport body.

“Despite having roads, most residential areas in the city are not networked by public transport. It should be explored whether KSRTC-run small buses, private buses or share autos can be introduced to connect these regions. The city needs a mobility plan which will work under a traffic regulation committee. There is a requirement to bring in the cooperation of different government agencies with the formation of UMTA,” said a corporation official.

Apart from exploring possibilities of developing water transport system, the government will have to take up the demand for introducing more inter-district train services from Kochi to Kottayam, Alappuzha and Thrissur.

Though the corporation held discussions with various government agencies and people’s representatives in the presence of Union minister of state for civil supplies K V Thomas, there has been no breakthrough on UMTA.

“The formation of UMTA is important for the city as it will facilitate better connectivity and spread the transportation system evenly. We will be able to connect with many isolated areas,” says town planning committee chairman K J Sohan.The Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) project mooted by the corporation seems to be in limbo. Despite the approval accorded by the corporation council, it has not taken off due to the lackadaisical approach of the government in enacting the legislation for its formation.

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