Ministry of Urban Development predicts an average city speed of 6 to 8 kmph by 2030, which is the speed of a morning walker, if urban transport is not properly planned and developed now.
The present transport facilities are inadequate to handle every day demands.
Gridlocks and congestion are routine now; they result in wastage of manpower, fossil fuels, increase pollution and act as dampeners to economic development.
The traffic snarls force people to spend time on the road which they would otherwise spend with their friends and families.
Further road development is very limited owing to geographical and demographical limitations.
Therefore alternate modes of urban mass transport and multi modal integration have to be planned.
The Kochi Metro Rail Project is the first move in such a direction in Kerala.
Accessing jobs, education, livelihoods and other social needs from the outskirts into the business centre of the city would become less time consuming and quality of life will increase for the urban population.
The average citizen would get a reliable, safe, economic, comfortable, user friendly and punctual mode of transport at affordable rates.