Kochi, June 7
The Chief Minister, Mr V.S. Achuthanandan, on Monday laid the foundation stone for the proposed Vytilla Bus Terminal cum-mobility hub to reduce traffic congestion in Kochi.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the terminal was expected to be completed in two phases and would be of international standards with modern facilities.
The decision to develop the Vytilla mobility hub was taken considering the expected increase in traffic flow in the city in the coming years with the commissioning of the International Container Transhipment Terminal at Vallarpadam and other allied projects connected with it.
Though the Government faced some problems in land acquisition for the project, it was sorted out following the cooperation from various State Government departments, he said.
On the proposed Metrorail project, the Chief Minister said that the State Government has been pressurising the Centre for the last four years to implement it.
However, Centre is raising several obstructions, which would be overcome shortly and would go ahead with implementing the project.
Mr T.K. Jose, Nodal Officer, Greater Cochin Development Authority projects, said the first phase of the mobility hub was expected to be completed in a year.
It would have facilities for parking 175 buses, 2,000 to 6,000 cars, and 2,000 to 10,000 two-wheelers.
Three boat jettys and green zone would also be set up on the eastern side of the hub.