KMRL Prepares Draft Proposal for UMTA
The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has prepared the draft proposal for the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA), which will frame policies on transportation and traffic issues in the city and will coordinate between various wings of the government.
The copy of the draft proposal will be circulated among the various stakeholders of UMTA and after incorporating their suggestions, the final draft will be prepared.
“The final proposal will be submitted before the State Government as the proposal for UMTA should be turned into a legislation,” said the official spokesperson of KMRL. The major stakeholders of UMTA include Kochi Corporation, Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA), Regional Transport Office (RTO), District Administration, City Police, State Water Transport Department and KSRTC . The neighbouring municipalities of Kochi, including Kalamassery, Thrikakkara, Aluva, Tripunithura and Choornikkara panchayat, will also have representation in UMTA.
The National Urban Transport Policy set for the cities under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Mission (JNNURM) envisages the setting up of UMTA. As per the guidelines, the UMTA will act as the umbrella body that regulates the overall performance of the public transport system and ensures that the city has a comprehensive public transport system.
They would have representation from all major operators and stakeholders.
The KMRL is coordinating among various stakeholders for the formation of UMTA. An SPV with the KMRL managing director as the chairman will be formed to manage the transport activities of the city, while UMTA will remain to be the umbrella body.
At present, several departments execute projects and works relating to transportation and traffic in the city. The major purpose of the UMTA is to link various departments, including the KSRTC, Kochi Corporation, traffic police, Urban Development Department and the PWD.One of the major aim of KMRL is to improve the feeder services to the metro which will help them in introducing a single ticketing system so that a passenger can travel on different modes of transport including Rail, Road and Water.