There have been recent newspaper reports commending upon two of KMRL’s supplementary initiatives: setting up of signboards across the city to international standards as well as the maintenance and renovation of certain city roads for taking the diverted road traffic.

One of KMRL’s corporate objectives is to create better urban facilities for the city of Kochi, which is emerging as a world-class tourism and investment destination. The creation of a modern signage system was a part of this initiative. KMRL has installed world class signage confirming to IRC (India Roads Congress) standards as an initial step towards proper and effective signage within Kochi City. The boards identified for this proposal are  450 in number with  different type of Advance Direction Signs and Directions signs having single and double post depending on the space available. A very realistic and comprehensive study was undertaken regarding location and type of  direction signs required for  each location. The boards have been installed in 40 number of roads covering Kochi city peripheral areas such as High Court, Pachalam, Ponekkara, Edapally, Palarivattom, Vytilla, Thevera and Park Avenue. The boards installed are leading to Major destinations like MG road, High Court, Vytilla and NH Bye Pass.

In view of the traffic congestion, Traffic Department and DMRC had installed temporary boards for diverting the traffic from the Metro corridor earlier. Temporary Boards were installed by Traffic Dept. and DMRC for the traffic diversion routes in Kaloor Kathrikadavu Road, Subash Chandra Road, Salim Rajan Road and Gandhinagar Road. All these are temporary boards which will be removed after the Metro work is completed. The boards put by KMRL have been erected based on a study so as to ensure continuity in the signage’s along a particular route thus enabling a commuter to reach the desired location. Thus for  the sake of temporary boards the installation of these boards cannot be avoided. The number of boards in these roads are only 42 no’s and any duplication seen is only for 15 number of temporary boards. Signages have been taken up as they were an immediate requirement for the city commuters during the construction of Metro. The suggestions given such as   Bus shelter, junction improvements , road furniture are under consideration as a part of Transit Oriented Development which is in progress. Based on the anticipated requirements projected by the study, phased development will be taken across the Metro corridor .

The complete, effective signage system will be ready only after the completion of the Metro Corridor including the Metro Station locations. Other initiatives like modern bus shelters , junction improvements , road furnitures are also will be taken up on completion of the Metro work by the respective stakeholders to make a better urban living. Having a world-class signage system is an essential element for upgrading urban facilities for any city, not only for the residents, but also for the tourists and visitors, and hence KMRL plans to continue this initiative.

In the context of difficulties faced by road-users, particularly along the Metro corridor, the Board of KMRL had also decided to revamp and upgrade 29 selected roads through the city.  We are seeking permissions from the concerned road-owning agencies like Kochi Corporation and the PWD for undertaking these road improvement works, and we will undertake the road improvements only in those cases where we receive ‘no objection certificates’ from the concerned road-owning agencies.  This initiative is only an attempt to ensure that there is some relief to the city road-users who are facing difficulties on account of the Metro construction works.

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