Kerala to setup Metropolitan Transport Authority For Trivandrum, Kochi and Kozhikode!

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Some of the responsibilities of KMTA include ensuring seamless transport facilities for commuters in a single ticket, making changes in public transport according to the requirements of commuters, bring comprehensive traffic projects for each city, etc. 

The state government will soon form Kerala Metropolitan Transport Authority (KMTA) for planning, integration, development and control of transport and its related works in urban mobility areas.

The cabinet has already cleared the draft of Kerala Metropolitan Transport Authority. According to the Union government’s metro rail policy 2017, the formation of unified metropolitan transport authority is mandatory for areas where metros are proposed or being implemented. The bill will be passed in the next assembly session.

While Kochi already has a metro, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode are next in line to receive Metro service. As per the metro policy, the cities where metro projects are being implemented and cities which plan to implement in the future must set up unified metropolitan transport authority within a year.

“For integrated approach in planning and management of urban transport, state governments should constitute unified metropolitan transport authority (Umta) as a statutory body. This authority would prepare comprehensive mobility plan for the city, organize investments in urban transport infrastructure, establish effective coordination among various urban transport agencies, manage the urban transport fund, etc.,” the policy said.

Some of the responsibilities of KMTA include ensuring seamless transport facilities for commuters in a single ticket, making changes in public transport according to the requirements of commuters, bring comprehensive traffic projects for each city, etc. Facilities such as intelligent transport system, common command and control centre, etc. will be executed through KMTA.

With KMTA, around 20 departments related to city traffic will come under one roof. This will help to solve the traffic issues in cities thereby strengthening public transport.

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