The state government is yet to provide the green signal for Kochi Corporation's Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) project. The basic aim of the UMTA here as recommended under nationwide urban transport plan, is to assimilate train, bus and boat services in the city. Most senior officials associated with the corporation have agreed to the fact that unless the government passed a legislature for the establishment of UMTA. They also confirmed that there would be no clarity on powers, accountabilities and responsibilities of the new transportation body.
In spite of having roads, most suburban areas in the city are not linked by public conveyance. It should be explored whether KSRTC-run small automobiles, private buses or share autos can be presented to join these areas. The city requires a plan for mobility that will work directly under a planned traffic regulation committee. Additionally, there is need to bring in the collaboration of diverse government activities with the development of UMTA" said an official of the corporation.
In addition to reconnoitring potentials of developing water transport system, the administration must go in for the demand for announcing more inter-district train facilities from Kochi to Alappuzha, Kottayam and Thrissur. Nevertheless the company held negotiations with numerous government organizations and people's legislative body watched by state Union minister for civil supplies K V Thomas, there has been not any discovery on UMTA.
The establishment of UMTA is significant for the city as it will enable healthier connectivity and spread the transport arrangement uniformly.
"We can connect with many isolated areas, this way" said K J Sohan, the town planning committee chairman. The Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) venture proposed by the corporation appears to be in halfway house. In spite of the support rendered by the organization council, it has not taken off due to the apathetic method of the government in endorsing the legislature for its establishment.