KOCHI: The Kochi Metro Rail Limited organised a consultation meeting with all the educational institutions near Cusat and Kalamassery Metro stations to explore the potential of providing non- motorised transportation facilities.
Enabling easy and safe access to the Metro stations through non-motorized transport is one of the priorities of KMRL and it has appointed Urban Mass Transit Company as the consultant to prepare an NMT master plan for Kochi.
The master plan will identify priority NMT corridors in the 2-km buffer area on either side of the Metro corridor.
Cusat and Kalamassery have been selected for pilot project as nearly 19,000 students visit the educational institutions per day.
However, many challenges have to be addressed like lack of parking space, absence of public spaces, lack of accessibility of footpaths, absence of bicycle racks, poor street lighting and low frequency of buses. KMRL, with the help of Kalamassery municipality, is planning to implement the pilot project.
During the consultation meeting, it was decided to conduct a meeting next week with more participation from stakeholders.