Kozhikode eyes JNNURM-funded buses
KOZHIKODE: Moves are afoot to introduce AC and non-AC low-floor buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project in Kozhikode city. District collector K V Mohankumar who is also the chairman of the regional transport authority (RTA) has directed the KSRTC to submit a detailed report on the feasibility of introducing such buses in the city.
A decision towards this was taken at the RTA meeting held here on Thursday.
The demand for low-floor buses in the city had come up after the KSRTC introduced them in the state capital and Kochi three years ago, under the JNNURM project. Even though only cities with a population of at least 10 lakh are eligible for the JNNURM fund, the ministry of urban development has granted an in-principle approval for the low-floor bus project in Kozhikode, following pressure from various corners.
"We will do our best to make the city get the fund and we are hopeful that the service will be introduced in Kozhikode soon," said the district collector.
District transport officer P Sashidharan said the KSRTC will start the study immediately after receiving the official letter from the collector and it would be completed in a time-bound manner. "The KSRTC is hopeful that we can overcome the hurdles, including the criteria for the eligibility to be included under the JNNURM project, with the support of people's representatives," he said.
As per the 2011 census, the city's population is 4.32 lakh. However, the ministry of urban affairs is planning to amend the rule to incorporate more cities under the project.
At present, only 63 cities in the country are eligible for assistance under the JNNURM project. Other urban local bodies (ULBs) have to go for loans to take up urban development projects.
Thrissur is another town in the state that has put forth a demand for JNNURM funding to introduce low-floor buses.
I think that ramp was added later in to the design...looks like an extra fittingK.S.R.T.C Kozhikode
13x2 towers + four floor administrative block update
I agree with Pradeepkumar...it will be a difficult to people to travel 25 Km to catch long route buses ,especially during nightProposal for second KSRTC terminal for calicut.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation proposes new terminal at Calicut University
KOZHIKODE: KSRTC plans to set up its second bus terminal at the Calicut University campus, about 25 kilometres away from city, while introducing low-floor AC buses and more ordinary services. The proposed terminal will also operate long-distance buses to other parts of the state. Sources at KSRTC's zonal office in Kozhikode said the proposal is in its preliminary stage and more discussions would be held in the coming days. "Officials talked to transport minister Aryadan Mohammed and now he wants to discuss this proposal with local MLAs, MPs and other local body representatives," sources said.
One month ago, district transport authority (DTA) chairman and Kozhikode collector K V Mohankumar had asked KSRTC to conduct a feasibility study for starting low-floor AC bus services. The study report, which was recently submitted to KSRTC's managing director, highlighted the practical difficulties and the major hurdle cited in the report was the parking space.
KSRTC aims to tackle two problems with the proposed bus terminal, land acquisition and accommodating more city services at its Mavoor terminal, which will begin operations within six months, as all buses from Palakkad and Thrissur can halt at the proposed terminal. Passengers can use circular city services to reach city and return. The other reason was that officials felt that the parking space at Mavoor Road would be insufficient to accommodate all KSRTC buses that operate from Kozhikode.
But MLA A Pradeepkumar believes the proposal is not practical since it will not be the correct solution for the parking problem. "A bus stand, about 25 km away from the city, is not a practical suggestion. The terminal can be constructed in and around the city, as land is available," he said, adding that it would be cumbersome for long-distance passengers to catch city buses from the university terminal to reach Kozhikode.
It will be good only if regular buses are there from university. Perhaps ramnuttukara is the best option as it will have monorail in future as well as its becoming southern hub of the city.I agree with Pradeepkumar...it will be a difficult to people to travel 25 Km to catch long route buses ,especially during night
* Multi Model Transport Hub (MMTH) planned for Calicut.
* Proposed site at Thondayadu-Malaparbu new bye pass
* Mega transport hub connecting 3 NH high ways and mono rail connectivity
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^^^^ Please read it as multi-modal transport hub...my mistake^^^^
The area (b/w thondayad and malaparamba) they have chosen is spot on and perfect for such a project but
There will be lot of agitations regarding the land they have chosen ,, its completely wet land with lots of flora and fauna.......
Filling up that area will definitely be a disaster....and will cause flooding in near by areas..