People’s feedback is crucial in solving urban mobility problems, says Kerala Governor

Planners must engage with commoners and take their feedback to address urban mobility issues, in keeping with the spirit of inclusion, Governor Arif Mohammed Khan said.

Concerted efforts are needed from all stakeholders to turn innovative and sustainable ideas into reality, he said during the farewell session of the 15th three-day India Urban Mobility Conclave (UMI ) which concluded in Kochi on Sunday evening.

In his address, Union State Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishore said he was impressed with the water metro project to be launched in Kochi. He urged actors in the sphere of urban transport to work for the indigenization of technologies.

Chief Secretary VP Joy said adapting technology was key to sustainable urban transport. β€œIt is also imperative that there is a seamless integration of the different modes of public transport. It would help in planning trips, while avoiding wasting time and money,” he said.

Transport Minister Antony Raju spoke about efforts across India to revamp buses and other modes of public transport. He said automatic weighbridges would be prepared across the state to prevent accidents and other problems from overloaded freight carriers and other vehicles.

Efforts are underway to ensure safe pedestrian travel and make public transport accessible to all, said Biju Prabhakar, transport secretary and chairman and managing director of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation. Kochi Metro Rail Limited Managing Director Loknath Behera called the conclave an intellectual challenge which saw the participation of experts from other states and abroad.

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