SCMS report to help improve traffic on Kochi roads
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Kochi, June 27

The SCMS School of Engineering and Technology has submitted its study report to the authorities on how to improve the traffic flow in Kochi.

The study report was based on the request made by the Greater Cochin Development Authority to study traffic problems.

The engineering and logistics survey was conducted by a team of around 500 students and 60 faculty members and it focused on 35 traffic junctions and 225 bus stops in the city and outskirts.

Some suggestions include controlling traffic through prominent junctions during peak hours, categorising vehicles into heavy, medium, light and two-wheelers, relocating some existing bus stops considering the safety and convenience of the public, and proper utilisation of medians and footpaths.

Efficient traffic signal systems, subways and flyovers, to a certain extent could help ease the congestion, the report said. The survey also proposes to make use of waterways and metro railways in the future, for long-term benefit.

Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala, is fast-emerging as an important metro of South India and the city offers tremendous scope for development as the rate of urbanisation is picking up very fast. The demand for mobility both intra-city and inter-city is on the rise and the available road infrastructure falls short of the requirements. The city evokes the images of traffic congestion, conflict, pollution and accidents.

The traditional approach for relieving traffic congestion has been to widen the road infrastructure. However, the possibilities for expanding the existing infrastructure or even augmenting the same are next to impossible.

On a normal day, around 65,000 vehicles of various categories pass on the North over bridge and around 45,000 vehicles on the South over bridge.

The width of the roads within the city area is insufficient, compared to the volume of traffic passing through.

The large number of vehicles of different sizes travelling on these roads further reduces the speed. A preliminary observation reveals that the travelling public within the city lose around Rs 30 lakh everyday due to traffic-related delays.



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