CPPR initiates KPTD to curb traffic and pollution related problems

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To aid the reduction of traffic congestion, pollution-related issues of the Kochi, Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) a think tank based in the city initiated Kochi Public Transport Day is a yearlong campaign(KPTD).

In the campaign CPPR associates with the local self-government, various civil society organisations, governmental departments and the residents of Kochi to encourage the use of public transport in the city and thus reduce traffic congestion, pollution and related issues.

As part of the campaign, one day of every month will be celebrated as Kochi Public Transport Day (KPTD), with a different theme assigned for each month. A plethora of activities, in addition to endeavours like maintaining an informative website and conducting public forums, discussions and competitions are part of the campaign. The research wing of CPPR will study the challenges in Kochis public transport system and recommend solutions to closing the gaps in the system, in a bid to offer seamless transport services to the public.

The first edition of KPTD was launched on January 27, 2018, with an inaugural ride involving the three modes of public transport in Kochi the bus, metro rail, and boat services as a symbolic gesture highlighting Kochis unique multimodal and integrated public transport services. Honourable Hibi Eden, MLA, Ernakulam and A P M Mohammed Haneesh, MD, Kochi Metro Rail Limited rode with the KPTD contingent consisting of representatives from various civil and government organisations and student volunteers.

Kochi Public Transport Day (KPTD) hosted its second edition on February 28, 2018, at the Vyttila Mobility Hub in the city. In line with the theme for February, KPTD celebrated the unsung heroes of public transport, the transport workforce, who play an important role in the commuters travel experience.

With the support of Aster Medcity, Kochi, KPTD organised a free health check-up for the public transport staff, including state-run KSTRC bus personnel, private bus personnel and auto-rickshaw drivers. Around 150 transport staff got themselves examined at the makeshift clinic in the Vyttila Mobility Hub.

The third Kochi Public Transport Day will honour women. The theme is Safety, Comfort and Convenience of Women in Public Transport. A panel discussion and a women’s march are planned as part of KPTD 3. Meanwhile, CPPR is also moving ahead with research on the sector by conducting surveys and collecting real-time information on Kochi’s public transport system.

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