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April 5, 2024

8 Ways To Approach A Bus Transport Field Study

Field visits are fun, especially when you try to study the very core of mobility, which is public transport systems. The structure of a city, housing patterns, real estate values, commercial spaces, etc. are all influenced by the available transport […]
March 11, 2024

Navigating Urban Challenges: A Journey through Surat’s Road Safety Landscape

In January 2024, an alarming news article shook me to the core, describing the tragic death of a 16-year-old schoolboy in Surat after being hit by a bus. According to the article, prior to this incident, a 23-year-old worker was […]
February 23, 2024

Liberalisation of Public Transport Ecosystem in India

The economic liberalisation in India commenced in the 1990s and had a profound impact on the transportation sector in the country. Post independence in 1947, the government played a dominant role in bolstering the transport sector but the role of […]
September 14, 2023

Concerns raised over KSRTC terminal plan at Vyttila Mobility Hub

D Dhanuraj, Chairman of CPPR, comments on the news ‘Concerns raised over KSRTC terminal plan at Vyttila mobility hub’. The news was published in Times of India (06-09-2023) Kochi: Experts have raised concerns over the plan to set up a […]
September 14, 2023

Transit Advertising Framework: The Silver Bullet to India’s Public Transport Woes

Transit Advertising refers to the use of advertisement spaces available on various modes of public transit. Buses provide a unique opportunity for companies by acting as mobile billboards and reaching audiences across income classes. This is seen as an extremely […]
August 4, 2023

Comment on Kerala State Government’s Draft Route Nationalisation Scheme Published on May 17, 2023

The Kerala State Transport Department’s recent draft scheme notification dated May 17, 2023, to nationalise a critical route in Vypin, Kerala, disregarded the need for Vypin commuters. Although the draft notification states that the scheme aims to alleviate the lack of public […]
May 9, 2023

Electric Mobility Development in Buses

The transport sector accounts for one-third of the total crude oil consumed in the country, where 80 percent is consumed by road transportation alone. This sector contributes 142 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, of which 123 million tonnes is released […]
December 15, 2021

Uptick in registration of transport vehicles in Ekm

Ernakulam RTO has registered 2,030 non-transport vehicles in January this year. But it came down again with the onset of the second wave and took a U-turn by July. In September, 2,013 vehicles were registered in the non-transport category and […]
November 3, 2021

CPPR TOWNHALL on India’s road to E-Mobility: Obstacles and Opportunities

Topic: India’s road to E-Mobility: Obstacles and Opportunities With the FAME 1 and FAME 2 initiatives, the Government of India has made it a mission to facilitate electrification of vehicles on Indian roads. Various state governments have contributed ambitious plans to […]
September 27, 2021

CPPR 18th Quarterly Lecture on Opportunities and challenges in India’s Urban Mobility Ecosystem

Organised by: Centre for Public Policy Research, Kochi Date & Time: September 22, 2021, at 06:00 PM CPPR 18th Quarterly Lecture: Opportunities and Challenges in India’s Urban Mobility Ecosystem About the Event The Centre for Public Policy Research, Kochi, initiated […]
August 2, 2021

വെള്ളിടിയാകാൻ കേന്ദ്ര നയം, കേരളത്തിന് ‘ശത്രു’; സ്വകാര്യ ബസുകൾ ഇനി ഓടില്ലേ?

കൊച്ചി∙ ഇന്ധനവില കോവിഡ് കാലത്തിനു മുൻപുള്ളതിന്റെ ഇരട്ടിയാവാൻ അധികകാലം വേണ്ടിവരുമെന്നു തോന്നുന്നില്ല. ലോക്ഡൗൺ ഇല്ലായിരുന്നെങ്കിൽ ബസ് ചാർജ് വർധന ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടു നാലോ അഞ്ചോ പണിമുടക്കുകൾ ഉണ്ടാവേണ്ട സമയവും കഴിഞ്ഞു. കോവിഡ് മഹാമാരി അടങ്ങി, അടുത്ത വർഷത്തിലെങ്കിലും ജനജീവിതം സാധാരണ നിലയിലേക്കെത്തുമെന്നു പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കാം. ബസ് ഒാടിത്തുടങ്ങിയാൽ ബസ് ചാർജ് വർധനയുണ്ടാവും. അത് അത്ര കുറവൊന്നുമായിരിക്കണമെന്നുമില്ല. വരുമാനമില്ലാതെ വിഷമിക്കുന്ന […]
July 29, 2021

Bus route rationalisation report to be ready by March next year

The long-pending proposal to rationalise bus routes in the Greater Kochi area has got a shot in the arm, with Kochi Metropolitan Transport Authority (KMTA) taking a decision to ready a project report in this regard by March 2022. The […]
July 1, 2021

Building airstrips in all Kerala districts to be cheaper than semi-high speed rail project

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: For a state like Kerala which is blessed with rich biodiversity, the semi high-speed rail project will bring an inconceivable disaster to the ecosystem. The state, which is one of the most land starved in the country for development […]
June 11, 2021

Pandemic tales: Struggle is real, survival is tough

The fundamental issue for auto-taxi drivers is that the government has not declared them as a feeder service despite providing first and last-mile connectivity to the public transport system, said D Dhanuraj, chairman, Centre for Public Policy Research. KOCHI: Dileep […]
October 9, 2017

Metro earns highest revenue on Sundays, public holidays; The Times of India, October 8, 2017

Sudha Nambudiri | TNN | Oct 8, 2017 KOCHI: For Kochi Metro, Sundays and public holidays are the biggest revenue earning days. According to information on passenger ticket collection received through Right to Information Act (RTI), the highest single day collection earned […]