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Coimbatore Corporation to prepare new mobility plan for city

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The Hindu             27.11.2013

Coimbatore Corporation to prepare new mobility plan for city

Karthik Madhavan

Sometime next week the Coimbatore Corporation would invite a few government officials, civil society activists, non-government organisations and trade body representatives for a discussion to prepare a comprehensive mobility plan for the city.

The second attempt to address the traffic issues that decelerate the city’s development comes after the Corporation missed the bus after preparing the first comprehensive mobility plan in 2007.

The civic body had prepared the plan engaging a consultant to fulfil obligations under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, sources said.

One of the proposals mooted in the mobility plan was the bus rapid transit system to ease traffic congestion on roads and provide a mass transit project for the city.

The proposal remained on paper as the Ministry of Urban Development asked the Corporation to complete the other JNNURM projects, in the execution of which its performance was below par.

It was also because the then Corporation administration did not accord top priority for providing solutions to transport problems in the city. But cities like Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kochi and even Kozhikode made considerable progress.

A few of those cities completed the first mass transit project and mooted proposal for the second. While the others got the first project moving on the ground, the sources said.

Now the Corporation had got a second chance to prepare a new mobility plan and push for sanction for projects that would find a mention therein, for transport was intricately connected with the city’s development.

Transportation solutions would lead to connectivity and that would result in business development.

Plus, the opportunity for the preparation of a new mobility plan comes when the Corporation had sought from the Ministry the establishment of a urban metropolitan transport authority to provide transport solutions to the city.

It had also sought the creation of an urban transport fund.

The sources suggested that the new mobility plan should look at new areas of growth while trying to decongest areas of stabilisation – meaning, it should look at taking people away from the core business district to new centres of growth, seek to establish new bus terminals as the Ministry norms suggest establishment of a bus terminal for every million population, parking bays, pedestrian and vehicular subways and much more.

The sources added that the civic body should carry out a feasibility study to decide on a mass transit project and based on the study result decide on mono or metro rail.

The choice of the mass transit project should not be decided based on other considerations.


Madurai bus stand gets auto, taxi bay

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The Hindu             21.11.2013

Madurai bus stand gets auto, taxi bay

Special Correspondent

An exclusive parking bay for autos and taxis along with separate registration counters, constructed by the Corporation at Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Stand to check haphazard parking of vehicles, was inaugurated by Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa and new Corporation Commissioner Kiran Gurrala on Wednesday.

Talking to reporters, the Mayor said drivers of 90 autos and 25 taxis had registered their particulars at the counters and this system would help regulate traffic at the busy bus stand.

“Chief Minister Jayalalithaa introduced pre-paid auto and taxi system in Chennai recently. We want to do it in Madurai too after obtaining permission from the government with rates fixed,” he said.

In the registration counter, the number of the vehicle hired by the passengers, its destination and the driver’s name will be recorded. The passengers have to give the fare directly to the drivers.

Mr.Chellappa said the Corporation had spent Rs.1.2 crore to construct the parking bay. Other amenities such as shelter for drivers would be provided soon, he noted.

He urged share auto drivers to help improve traffic control mechanism in the bus stand area.

A. Mathuram, City Engineer, Madurai Corporation, said the opening of parking bay would control auto and taxi fares and the irregular movement of vehicles to certain extent. “There is no provision under the Transport Act or the Town Planning Act to provide parking space in bus stands. But, the Madurai Corporation has taken this initiative for the benefit of the passengers,” he added.

R. Gopalakrishnan, Deputy Mayor, and Yasodha Mani, City Health Officer, were also present.


‘Private omni buses to start from Maatuthavani soon’

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The Hindu             19.11.2013

‘Private omni buses to start from Maatuthavani soon’

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Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa on Monday said private omni buses leaving for different destinations from the city would soon depart from Maatuthavani.

The Corporation had earmarked funds and space adjacent to the integrated bus stand at Maatuthavani in view of the traffic congestion being experienced regularly in the central parts of the city, where the omni buses had their parking spaces near Periyar bus stand.

Space for 49 operators is ready in the new place proposed for the omni bus stand. Apart from this, toilet facilities, shelter and storm water drainage facilities were also being provided in the new facility. Though the Mayor was not sure of the exact date of the completion of the works, he said they would get over at the earliest.

The officials, who accompanied the Mayor, said close to 60 omni buses could be parked in the area and this would decongest traffic in and around Periyar bus stand.

Autorickshaw drivers said they should be given space adjacent to the upcoming omni bus stand. The Corporation officials said their demand would be considered.

Space for 49 operators is ready in the new place proposed for omni bus stand.


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