With the aim of promoting non-motorized transportation in the city and making Kochi more pedestrian and cyclist friendly, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. plans to make practical changes to some of the city’s arterial and busy junctions, like Edappally, Aluva, Vytilla and other major city junctions so as to better improve transportation and mobility and facilitate the smooth flow of all forms of traffic across the city.
Here is a look at what’s in store for Edappally in the future. KMRL plans to transform the junction to not only make it more efficiently functioning, but also ease traffic and make it a heaven for pedestrians, cyclists, and non-motorized transport.
As a part of its junction improvement projects Kochi Metro Rail Ltd will completely transform the Edappally junction. KMRL intends to create space for building walkways and promenades as well as 4 meter wide islands in and around the Edappally junction as well as a corridor from the metro station that serves as an entry directly into Lulu Mall. There are also plans for the construction of a hanging bridge from the metro station to Lulu Mall’s NH 17 entrance, that passes over the Edappaly canal. Bus bays will be constructed for buses plying to and from the area, as well as a provision for parking of auto and cycles below the metro line.
Given is the illustration of the Edapally Junction improvement project.
Kochi Metro Rail Limited will take charge of the largest junction in Kerala, Vytilla. As a part of its junction and city improvement project, KMRL will also undertake the improvement of the Vytilla mobility hub where the Kochi Metro’s Vytilla station will be situated, as well as the redevelopment of the Vytilla junction. A road will be built from the current exit point of the hub to the Vytilla junction as well as another leading to the hub. The new roads will only permit pedestrians and cyclists as a means to reduce congestion and encourage a healthier lifestyle. A 7-meter wide walkway will be built from the junction to the hub and metro station. The entire junction will be revamped and will include buildings that function as offices, shops, residential complexes, restaurants, amenities for commuters, operations and control room, pick-up and drop-off counters and parking areas.
Here’s an illustration of what’s in store for the Vytilla Junction:
The entire Aluva area will get a complete face-lift as a part of KMRL’s improvement of important junctions and city centres. The existing KSRTC bus stand will be shifted to the location of the private bus stand which will be revamped and renovated to modern standards. An entertainment zone will be constructed in the vacant space below the Aluva flyover. This area will include landscaping, seating areas, tactile tiles as well as a walkway. A cycle track and walkway will connect the NH47, metro station, railways station, KSRTC bus stand, Church Junction and private bus stand, there will also be feeder buses connecting these locations. The total length of the proposed walkways, roads and cycle tracks is 3.7km and approximately 8-16 meters wide. KMRL also proposes to build a waterfront park from the Aluva Shiva Kshetram to the Aluva railways over-bridge.