Kerala conducting study on Water Metro in Kollam, Alappuzha: Pinarayi

His remarks came after he and Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri virtually inaugurated the 15th Urban Mobility India Conference and Exhibition.

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KOCHI (Metro Rail News): The state administration is eager to alter the public transportation system throughout the entire state and emphasises the need to make it equal, inexpensive, and sustainable, Pinarayi said.

Kochi Water Metro is a unique project and we are conducting a study in this regard in the  districts of Kollam and Alappuzha,” said Pinarayi. He also said electric buses would be introduced into the KSRTC fleet in the coming months, replacing those running on internal combustion engines.

His remarks came after he and Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri virtually inaugurated the 15th Urban Mobility India Conference and Exhibition. ’Kerala is the second most urbanised state,e with 47.7% of our population living in urban areas. However, though we are second in urbanisation, the difference between urban and rural is narrow here,’’ he said.

“As far as Kerala is concerned, we are committed to preparing a complete master plan for all our cities by 2026. It will be a sustainable and resilient city development plan, and we intend to do it in consultation with the best urban planners and experts available in the country,’’ Pinarayi said.

In response to a question about the rapid development of Indian metro lines in other countries, Puri stated that as of September 2022, 810 km of metro lines were in operation in 20 cities, and a network of more than 980 km and the Regional Rapid Transit System is being built in 27 cities. India currently has the fifth-largest metro network in the world, but he predicted that it would soon surpass Japan and South Korea to become the third-largest network.

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