The Aluva-Palarivattom corridor extension of the metro has changed Kochi, and new means of public transportation and the construction of parking facilities are among the recommendations made in the traffic and transportation research.
The proposed master plan for Kochi’s development relies mainly on a traffic and transportation study report that was prepared by the National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC) in May 2021 and calls for extending 30 highways by three meters and creating 14 intersections.
As part of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) project, the study was carried out. In keeping with, among other modifications, the city’s evolution following Kochi Metro’s extension beyond its Aluva-Palarivattom corridor, it is learned that the 2021 report was an improvisation of the 2019 study.
Following stakeholder meetings, the draft master plan, which will likely be finalized in a few months, calls for the three-meter widening of 13 east-west roads and 17 north-south roads. To provide continuous communication, these roadways will be connected. To clear congested intersections, ring roads have been suggested, according to Mayor M. Anilkumar.
“Recommendations like the one to move the NH Bypass from Chakkaraparambu farther eastward at a width of 16 meters would be reconsidered, taking into account the requirement for a broader corridor. This length would be developed by KRFB as a 22-meter wide stretch. Additionally, there will be designated pathways, he said.
Care will be taken to enlarge MG Road and a few other built-up corridors where footpaths and drains were recently renovated by Kochi Metro Rail Limited and Cochin Smart Mission Limited (CSML), despite some council members’ reservations, without harming the existing structures. According to knowledgeable sources, this will require new construction to follow the updated “building line,” which will be drawn farther from the kerb of expanded roadways.
Additionally, this would lead to the removal of unauthorized buildings and encroachments, opening up the area for use by drivers and pedestrians. The road construction plans will be implemented gradually while taking Kochi’s future commuting requirements into consideration.
Official reports blamed a shortage of open left turns for the traffic jams at most intersections. “Traffic-police cottages that extend into footpaths and roads, as well as the presence of sewers and pathways that were not constructed using scientific methods, frequently occupy the limited space at bell mouths of junctions. The NATPAC analysis was consistent with the pattern of urban growth into suburban areas.
It made suitable recommendations for the city’s short- and long-term traffic and transportation growth. The plans also call for building out the parking infrastructure and promoting various forms of public transportation.