Kochi To Be 1st City With Single-Ticketing System: One Ticket For Trains, Bus, Auto, Boat, Cabs!
The transport system at Kochi is all set to undergo some revolutionary reforms. One of these is a single ticketing system for all modes of travel be it buses, autos, boats, or cabs!
Read on to find out how this new system of transportation at Kochi will work!
Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) Set Up In Kochi; One Ticket System For All Modes Of Transport
The Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) for Kochi city will be implementing some innovative changes to the transport sector in the city. The MTA has been set up very recently i.e., on Sunday, and has been established as per the central government guidelines.
As per reports, this authority will be prioritizing its actions as per the requirements of transport in the future. Also, it will set up a proper urban transport policy for the greater Kochi agglomeration.
The authority will be responsible for the management of the network of integrated public transport which will include rail, boat, bus, cab, and autorickshaws. This will also help to implement the single ticketing system smoothly.
Under the single ticketing system, a passenger will be able to use one single ticket or the Kochi 1 Smart Card for various modes of travel. If this becomes a success, Kochi will be the first city throughout the country to have a single ticketing system.
Under the system, a passenger can use the same ticket/ for various modes of travel. Once this takes off, Kochi will become the first city in the entire country to have a single-ticketing system. At present, the MTA will oversee transport management in areas within the corporation limits.
As per reports, various modes of transport will be integrated by the single control and command center that has been set up for the MTA.
Kochi Becomes First City To Implement Integrated Transport System
As per reports, in the next phase, the power of the authority will also be extended to some neighboring municipalities such as Kalamassery, Thrikkakara, Aluva, Tripunithura, and Choornikkara panchayat.
At the inauguration of the MTA through a video conference, Transport Minister A K Saseendran said, “Improved transport facilities are clear indicators of the development of an area. In the urban transport sector, the greatest challenge is the proper utilization of available land and effective town and transport planning.
He also said that Kochi is the first city in the country to implement an integrated transport system.
As per the minister, “By establishing the MTA, the government is boldly stating that it is facing up to these challenges too. It will also help provide a public transport system in tune with the public’s requirements.”
The members of the MTA will be the transport minister, managing director, Kochi Metro Rail Limited, transport secretary, PWD secretary, managing director of Road Transport Corporation, transport commissioner, district collector, municipal/corporation secretaries, city police commissioner, KSRTC/KURTC officials and four experts from transport engineering and urban transport operations.