Kochi to get JNNURM boat service soon
The potholed roads and the never ending traffic blocks have made the transit within the city a painful experience for the residents of Kochi. As the number of motor vehicles rise exponentially by the day, Kochi is reeling under a host of transportation issues. If all goes well, Kochites will have a better option to commute from their work place and homes in the form of regular boat services. The Kerala State Water Transport Department (KSWTD) officials and National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC) is exploring the feasibility of operating passenger boats in the city under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme.
The responsibility of operating the boats may be handed over to agencies like KINCO and as per the plan , the boats that are currently run by the KSWTD will not be part of the scheme. The KSWTD is planning to introduce new boat services through Kadambrayar from Vyttila to Kakkanad as part of the metro-related project. These boats can also be run in other routes such as Thevara-Kumbalangi and Thoppumpady-High Court, which will ease the travel woes of Kochites to a large extent.
The JNNURM boats will be bigger and better and will ensure a safe sail over the waters. The project that will be funded by the Centre will create a new milestone in the history of Cochin as it will not just take off the traffic loads from the ill planned roads of Cochin but will also ensure a delightful way of transportation for the city dwellers.