Greeshma Gopal Giri | The Times of India | September 11, 2017
KOCHI: The corporation and other road owners in the city are struggling to scientifically widen and relay roads as the number of private vehicles are on the rise. As road accidents become a major concern and road development turns out to be tedious process, authorities are taking up the case of improving public transportation.
Mayor Soumini Jain and MLA Hibi Eden are planning to join hands with a city-based think tank, Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) to promote public transport systems.
“There is no solution other than public transport. Bad roads, accidents, pollution are interlinked.Most developed countries have realized the need to address these issues and they are encouraging bus rapid transit systems (BRTS), metros and the like.Kochi has an excellent bus network, Metro and Water Metro are being executed.We need to encourage people to use them,” said CPPR chairman D Dhanuraj.
Local bodies and major road owners – including PWD and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) – were criticized for depending on old technologies and outdates specifications for building and relaying roads.