NATPAC suggests Rs.14,800 Crore projects to upgrade Trivandrum’s transport system!

According to the study report, public transport takes up 40% of the total transport demand.

The National Transportation, Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC), has suggested Rs 14,817 crore makeover for Trivandrum’s road infrastructure in its latest Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) report.

NATPAC has found that city’s average travel speed is only 25kmph and city’s road infrastructure needs to be improved in order to reduce traffic volumes on the city roads. The CMP was prepared on behalf of Kerala Rapid Transit Corporation Limited.

NATPAC has found that city’s average travel speed is only 25kmph and city’s road infrastructure needs to be improved fast.

The long-term plans suggested by NATPAC include ring roads to bypass traffic in the city from Mangalapuram to Vizhinjam and Vettu Road to Thiruvallom and an elevated corridor between Kazhakkoottam and Eanchakkal.

It also suggests implementation of new mass transit options such as light metro and BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit system) along with launching an additional 226 buses for city service. Another suggestion is to create an inland waterway connecting Parvathy-Puthanar canal and Akkulam-Kadinamkulam Lake.

An inland waterway connecting Parvathy-Puthanar canal and Akkulam-Kadinamkulam Lake.

The regions for the study consisted of Trivandrum, Neyyattinkara and eight other panchayats. According to the study report, public transport takes up 40% of the total transport demand. Travel speed and demand for public transport will further reduce to 15 kmph and 22% respectively unless necessary improvements are made.

The CMP is a report that outlines various plans to improve transport system of a city. It is compulsory for receiving financial grant for major schemes from Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.

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