On Saturday, February 27, 2011, the first phase of the Rs. 376-crores Vytilla bus terminal-cum-mobility hub is inagurated. KSRTC’s newly-inducted double-decker was the first bus to be flagged off from the terminal.
The first phase of the terminal, constructed at a cost of Rs. 15 crores, has seven bays that can park thirtyfive buses. By March 2013, it is expected to become a full-fledged terminal-cum-hub for inter-modal (road, metro-rail, railways, and waterways) transport when upto 2000 buses will use the terminal every hour. There will also be space to park private vehicles, taxis, and autorickshaws. Eateries and public comfort stations will also be set up.
Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, in his speech delivered through video conferencing, said that the terminal would help in reducing the traffic congestion in the city to a great extent. Delivering the keynote address, Union Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs K V Thomas said that the Kochi metro-rail project would be a reality in a few years’ time.
Fisheries Minister S. Sarma elaborated on the proposal sent by the State government to the Centre seeking a halt station for trains at Vytilla. A project has been submitted to the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission to complete the pending phases of the hub. Tenders are being finalised for phase two. Many public sector and scheduled banks have come forward to fund the second phase. The Rs.15 crores for the first phase was raised from the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) and a few other agencies.
The project is modelled as an eco-friendly one and will also have a green belt within.
The pending work on the hub is expected to be finished in March. Till then, only a few KSRTC city buses will ply from the terminal till March. The buses will enter the terminal through the Kaniampuzha Road and will exit through the Vytilla-Tripunithura Road, few hundred metres from Vytilla Junction.
Source: The Hindu