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Buses to begin service from mobility hub on Wednesday

Staff Reporter

— Photo: Vipin Chandran

Hub of ACTIVITY: Work progressing on the bus bays at Vytilla mobility hub.

KOCHI: Select buses operating from Vytilla to Muvattupuzha, Piravom and Vaikom, and the Vytilla-Vytilla low-floor circular services operated by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation are scheduled to operate service from the Vytilla bus terminal-cum-mobility hub, from Wednesday.

With this, the Rs.15-crore first phase of the inter-modal transportation hub will be over. These buses would ply a total of 114 trips daily and would be joined by more buses in the coming days, said a senior official of KITCO, the project's consultants.

13 bus bays

For this, the agency has readied 13 bus bays in the first phase, each of which can accommodate five buses. The entry to the hub from the Vytilla-Kaniampuzha Road and exit to the Vytilla-Tripunithura Road are getting ready.

Though parking lots for two-wheelers, cars and autorickshaws have not been readied, a portion of the 25-acre compound has been levelled so that long-distance buses which operate from Vytilla can be parked here.

Since the Public Works Department has not raised the road shoulders to the level of the Kaniampuzha Road, KITCO might take the initiative in building a six-metre-wide footpath from Vytilla up to the bus terminal.

“Of the three boat jetties planned, a boat jetty-cum-passenger terminal would soon be readied so that passenger ferries can begin operating from here up to Kakkanad, Tripunithura, Nedumbassery and so on. Though we requested the Railways to build a halt station at Vytilla for trains, there has been little progress,” KITCO sources said.

The work on a toilet complex and cafeteria too is fast progressing.

Phase II after monsoon

Work on phase two will begin after the monsoon season. “We could complete the project's phase one in 170 days, thanks to the cooperation extended by government agencies and organisations like the residents associations,” said Shaju Mathew, general manager of the Nagarjuna Construction Company, the builders.

Despite the expected increase in the number of buses and other vehicles that would call at the bus terminal, the National Highway Authority of India has not been able to begin work on the flyovers proposed years ago at the already-congested Vytilla, Edappally, Palarivattom and Kundannoor junctions. Vytilla will also require a foot overbridge or skywalk for people to cross the ever-busy junction.

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