The World Bank has expressed its willingness to fund more road development projects in the state.
This was informed during the high-level meeting between PWD Minister V K Ebrahim Kunju and World Bank South Asia region director John H Stains at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington the other day.
According to the PWD officials, World Bank had expressed satisfaction with the first phase of the Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP).
The WB reportedly gave some suggestions for various road development projects in the state.
WB suggestions include improving the asset management system of the PWD, introduction of modern parking facilities, widening area of operation of Road Safety Authority and Kerala Road Fund Board (KRFB) and introduction of more Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects.
Ebrahim Kunju informed the WB officials that a highlevel meeting would be convened in a week to discuss on ways to improve the operations of the Road Safety Authority.
He also assured to conduct a road safety audit soon.
He said that though there were some hitches during the first phase of the KSTP, the second phase was progressing smoothly.
PWD Principal Secretary P H Kurian, Economic Consular at the Indian Embassy Sukriti Likhi, senior Transport Economist at the World Bank Simion Ellis and KRFB Chief Operating Officer P C Harikesh attended the meeting.