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August 31, 2019

Kochi tram project gets a fillip, but apprehensions remain

In a article published in The New Indian Express D Dhanuraj, chairman, Centre for Public Policy Research, comments in Kochi the Bus Rapid Transit System will work. While the Water Metro Project focuses exclusively on West Kochi, trams along the […]
August 27, 2019

MG Road needs creative solutions to save business

Merchants Blame Lack Of Adequate Parking Space For Loss Of Business MG Road is no longer the shopping destination it once used to be, and merchants are blaming it on the ‘lack of adequate parking space’ for the loss of […]
August 27, 2019

GST has made tobacco products only marginally costlier

Before the introduction of GST, many States levied value added tax (VAT) on the price inclusive of excise duty. With the introduction of the goods and services tax (GST) in 2017, all tobacco products — cigarettes, bidis and smokeless — attract the […]
August 27, 2019

Why Kochi’s own MG Road losing is business activity? | #CityBeats

City Beats Video Series dissects Urban Issues from CPPR researcher’s perspective. Be it a pothole or a broken flyover, what we see are just symptoms of deeper public policy issues. This time we talk about why Kochi’s own MG Road […]
August 26, 2019

Kerala needs to raise bar in disaster resilience: US expert

Governments across the world are looking at building resilient structures to counter the destruction caused by sudden change in climate triggered by nature and human interferences. “We, in the US too face disasters, which lead to loss of life and […]
August 20, 2019

Bus Day 2.0 will start in November

News article published in The New Indian Express related to ‘Kochi Public Transport Day’, a year-long campaign initiated by the Centre for Public Policy Research in January 2018. As part of this campaign third Wednesday of every month would be […]
August 5, 2019

Commuters clueless on the scope of Kochi1 Card

Dr D Dhanuraj, Chairman, CPPR, quoted in The Times of India. Talking about the Kochi1 Card, he said that there needs to be clarity on how commuters using the Kochi1 Card could get the benefits of One Nation One Card […]
July 31, 2019

Finding a way out of Kochi’s traffic tangle

In this news report published in The Hindu on the traffic issues in the city, CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments “The proposed command and control centre for traffic management remains in the discussion stage while confusion prevails over whether […]
July 31, 2019

Are PPPs the road ahead for Indian Railways?

The technological advancements made in the rail sector give a positive message but demand huge capital investment, which will require private participation. Indian Railways is one of the largest rail networks in the world carrying over 23 million passengers and […]
July 5, 2019

For the infrastructure sector, it reads more like a vision statement

The Budget did give out a positive statement. It lacks a clear road map as to how to achieve certain targets proposed. Infrastructure is one of the major focus areas of the Union government in the Budget presented by Finance […]
June 27, 2019

Immediate challenges for Modi 2.0 in infrastructure sector

The market expects that the Union Budget will revive the tax-free infrastructure bonds schemes. Given the status of the economy, it is important that the financing options other than from the government should be encouraged. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s election […]
May 2, 2019

Feeder System: Solutions for a Choking City

In Indian Cities, we see an enthusiastic switch towards shared mobility by both providers and commuters. However the law seems unable to keep up with this trend. Is there a need to expand our understanding of public transport systems? This […]
February 20, 2019

Public Transport Day observed in Kochi

Employees of Infopark have demanded better public transport facilities connecting the IT hub to other parts of Ernakulam at the 11th edition of Kochi Public Transport Day organized by CPPR. The story was published on The Times of India. 
February 20, 2019

Public Transport Day observed in Kochi

Employees of Infopark have demanded better public transport facilities connecting the IT hub to other parts of Ernakulam at the 11th edition of Kochi Public Transport Day organized by CPPR. The story was published on The Hindu. 
February 11, 2019

Roadblock hits Kerala Metro expansion

*The news story published on The New Indian Express, where CPPR’s Chairman, Dr. D. Dhanuraj points out the concerns regarding the KMTA bill. Lack of clarity in the role of the authority is the biggest roadblock, experts point out. “Though […]
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