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Chennai Takes Inspiration From Kochi’s Integrated Public Transport Plan – The New Indian Express

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KOCHI: Officials of the Chennai Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (CUMTA) are full of praise for the initiatives taken by Kochi to improve city transport. This was conveyed by the CUMTA team, who concluded a two-day visit to Kochi on Wednesday.

During his two-day visit, delegates were impressed with the concept of the integrated ticketing system introduced by Kochi Metro which can be used in different modes of transport to get around using a single “Kochi1 Card”. The CUMTA team also discussed the measures taken by the Kochi Metropolitan Transport Authority (KMTA) to improve public transport in the city.

“The government of Tamil Nadu is keen to establish the mode of urban transport through CUMTA in Chennai. To achieve this, we visit the metropolitan cities where the unified metropolitan transport authorities have been constituted. As part of the peer-to-peer knowledge sharing program, we visited Kochi,” said CUMTA Special Officer I Jeyakumar.

Kerala Transport Principal Secretary KR Jyothilal, Kochi Mayor M Anilkumar, KMTA Managing Director S Shanawas and other officials took part in the discussions. “One of the key takeaways for KMTA’s CUMTA is the integrated ticketing system of Kochi Metro, Private Buses and Sea Metro (which has yet to start service). Chennai has the largest commuter rail network in the country and we will try to integrate it with Chennai metro and road transport company for seamless mobility using one card so that passengers can travel cashless in any mode of transportation,” Jeyakumar said.

Appreciating KMTA for onboarding stakeholders such as rickshaws, private buses and taxi drivers, Jeyakumar said it was a new thinking and learning experience for the CUMTA team. . He said Chennai can also introduce service along its coastline from north to south of Chennai, such as Kochi Water Metro, to improve transportation and tourism.

According to one source, what the Kerala government needs to learn from CUMTA is how the body was formed structurally. After a big launch in 2020, KMTA struggled to stay afloat due to lack of staff and expertise. “As a first step in establishing UMTA as the statutory body in charge of the comprehensive mobility plan for the city of Chennai, the government has appointed transport experts and recruited employees to carry forward the authority. It has also allocated a separate budget for the body, while at KMTA, the proposal to hire more staff still needs to get ministry approval,” a source said. After a boring start, KMTA is reviving and will soon launch the AuSa (Auto Savari) application and plan other projects.

KOCHI: Officials of the Chennai Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (CUMTA) are full of praise for the initiatives taken by Kochi to improve city transport. This was conveyed by the CUMTA team, who concluded a two-day visit to Kochi on Wednesday. During his two-day visit, delegates were impressed with the concept of the integrated ticketing system introduced by Kochi Metro which can be used in different modes of transport to get around using a single “Kochi1 Card”. The CUMTA team also discussed the measures taken by the Kochi Metropolitan Transport Authority (KMTA) to improve public transport in the city. “The government of Tamil Nadu is keen to establish the mode of urban transport through CUMTA in Chennai. To achieve this, we visit the metropolitan cities where the unified metropolitan transport authorities have been constituted. As part of the peer-to-peer knowledge sharing program, we visited Kochi,” said CUMTA Special Officer I Jeyakumar. Kerala Transport Principal Secretary KR Jyothilal, Kochi Mayor M Anilkumar, KMTA Managing Director S Shanawas and other officials took part in the discussions. “One of the key takeaways for KMTA’s CUMTA is the integrated ticketing system of Kochi Metro, Private Buses and Sea Metro (which has yet to start service). Chennai has the largest commuter rail network in the country and we will try to integrate it with Chennai metro and road transport company for seamless mobility using one card so that passengers can travel cashless in any mode of transportation,” Jeyakumar said. Appreciating KMTA for onboarding stakeholders such as rickshaws, private buses and taxi drivers, Jeyakumar said it was a new thinking and learning experience for the CUMTA team. . He said Chennai can also introduce service along its coastline from north to south of Chennai, such as Kochi Water Metro, to improve transportation and tourism. According to one source, what the Kerala government needs to learn from CUMTA is how the body was formed structurally. After a big launch in 2020, KMTA struggled to stay afloat due to lack of staff and expertise. “As a first step in establishing UMTA as the statutory body in charge of the comprehensive mobility plan for the city of Chennai, the government has appointed transport experts and recruited employees to carry forward the authority. It has also allocated a separate budget for the body, while at KMTA, the proposal to hire more staff still needs to get ministry approval,” a source said. After a boring start, KMTA is reviving and will soon launch the AuSa (Auto Savari) application and plan other projects.