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Mobilizing Transport Will Be On the Wheels by the End of February

February 16 2011 4:30 PM

KOCHI: The Vyttila Mobility Hub will be on the wheels by the end of February with nine KSRTC buses plying from there. It will be the Vyttila-Vyttila A/C low-floor circular buses and the buses from Cherthala and Muvattupuzha which will operate from the Mobility Hub soon after the inauguration of the project. Though there are plans to shift the base of all the long-distance buses and mofussil buses including KSRTC and private buses to the mobility hub, it will take some more time as there are some technical hurdles to be cleared. “The work is progressing at a fast pace,” said District Collector M Beena who is also the chairperson of the Vyttila Mobility Hub Society. “Seven bus bays are almost complete now. The PWD has promised that it will complete the widening of Kaniyampuzha Road through which the buses will enter the hub by February 24,” Beena said. The authorities of the Vyttila Mobility Hub Society have been holding talks with the Motor Vehicles Department, KITCO and KSRTC regarding the schedule of the services proposed from the hub. The Road Transport Authority (RTA) in the district has not taken a decision whether private buses should be allowed entry to the mobility hub. There are plans to convene the RTA meeting for the purpose. If not, the authorities may issue circular for allowing entry to private buses. The KSRTC buses operating from the hub can station at the KSRTC stand after their daily schedule for the time being. Agencies like KITCO are trying to solve traffic congestion in Vyttila. The existing system at the junction is making free flow of traffic difficult. To solve the issue an underpass at Vyttila has been suggested. When the `300-crore project becomes fully operational, all the private and KSRTC buses to various parts of the district and neighboring districts will operate from there. There will be two underground parking lots, boat jetties, shopping malls and two bus terminals. There will also be 71 bus bays and space for parking 150 buses, 900 cars and 120 auto rickshaws.