CPPR is involved in a part of the global study of ICRIER, New Delhi who are closely studying four rapidly growing secondary cities in India to understand the economic links between climate change adaptation and the city’s development and resilience. The cities selected for the study are: Surat, Pune, Kochi and Ludhiana. CPPR is involved in detailed assessment of the climate change risk for Kochi cities transport system specifically on Inland Water Transport.

There is a view that revival of Kochi’s waterways through ‘smart’ systems will not only save the state and city millions of dollars in transport costs, but also safeguard against climate disruptions to connectivity. Similarly, investments in affordable public transport may go a longer way in improving accessibility, especially for the poor, than investments in capacity enhancements of existing roadways. The role of the metro in providing an alternative transportation option is also on the table.

CPPR will be analysing the three options of Smart Inland Waterway development, and public transit systems such as the City Bus network and the proposed metro rail with respect to their effectiveness in (i) improving accessibility (especially to the poor, major activity generators such as employment centers, and to industrial supply chains), (ii) affordability and (ii) fostering adaptation and resilience to climate change.

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