KMRL_13Two-day work shop for finalizing measures to realize the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) in the city of Kochi suggested an action Plan for effectively implementing UMTA in the Greater Kochi region by the time the Metro Rail project is commissioned.

This Action Plan includes the following ingredients:

1) Providing statutory backing for UMTA, Kochi by means of dedicated enactments / rules / operating procedures.

2) Setting up an administrative structure for UMTA and an effective machinery for coordinating all forms of urban transport, including bus, rail, waterways and other public modes of transport.

3) Rationalising the transportation network, particularly bus and waterway network.

4) An IT-enabled transportation monitoring and control system with seamless interchange between various modes of transport and single ticketing.

5) Establishing quality-monitoring standards for various transport operators in Kochi city.

6) Programme for improving and repairing & maintaining avenues for promoting foot-travel and other forms of non-motorised transport like cycles.

The Workshop for finalizing measures to realize the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) in the city of Kochi was undertaken at KMRL on 26th & 27th March 2014. A three member team from CODATU, an international non profit making organization aimed at promoting international exchanges between the various players in the transport and urban mobility sector – Dr. Julien Allaire, Managing Director of CODATU & Etienne Lhomet, director of the company Cities and Men lead the discussions on the topic. Representatives of different stake holders such as Cochin Corporation, GCDS , Municipalities & Panchayaths included in the area of possible jurisdiction of UMTA, KSRTC, Railways, State Water Transport Department, Vyttila Mobility Hub, NGO s like CPPR, C-HED and other key organisations involved in urban transit development actively participated in the discussions.

AFD representatives Xavier Hoang, Senior transport expert & Gautier Kohler also participated in the workshop.

It was decided that a detailed Action Plan for UMTA would be evolved after extensive consultations with all the stakeholders including Kochi Corporation, GCDA, voluntary organisations, residential associations, etc.

In sum, UMTA would comprise the following 3 ingredients:

a) A single transportation network with seamless interchange

b) A single ticketing system

c) Unified transportation network management, command and control

After stakeholders’ consultations regarding the provisions of the UMTA Action Plan, the same would be submitted to the Government for requisite approvals, with the intention of having the UMTA system in place in Kochi in three years time.

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