Trivandrum Monorail : NATPAC Conducted the Traffic Survey

This news sourced from The Hindu dated 01.10.2011.  Posting in full for annotation reasons.  Our thanks to “The Hindu”.

The traffic survey for the monorail project in the city, the first step in the feasibility study being carried out by the National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC), was completed along the Attingal-Neyyattinkara stretch on Friday night.

The survey in which the volume of traffic on the main road and side roads was physically counted was completed on the Aralumoodu-Neyyattinkara stretch of the NH 47 bypass passing through the capital. The survey on the Palayam-Overbridge stretch that has been postponed in view of the agitations and dharnas in front of the Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly will be taken up later.

“We are trying to take up the stretch along the arterial road and complete the work by Monday,” Tomy Cyriac, Senior Scientist, NATPAC, told The Hindu. Although the government had asked NATPAC to carry out the feasibility study along the 28-km Kazhakuttam-Balaramapuram corridor, the authorities carried out the traffic survey on the Attingal-Neyyattinkara stretch anticipating future needs like Technocity and in view of the rapid urbanisation.

The traffic survey that commenced on September 26 from Ulloor was carried out in stretches all the way to Attingal and later from Ulloor to Medical College, Murinjapalam and Pattom and via Kesavadasapuram to Palayam. The enumerators sat on the road and side roads in the stretch from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. physically counting the vehicles that moved along during the period.

Although NATPAC has been given the corridor for the proposed monorail, it would have to identify the route of the proposed mass transport system. The major boarding points for the public transport system such as Statue, Palayam, Thampanoor and Technopark have been given the emphasis. Since the government has in principle agreed to give 1.5 to 2 hectares in the proposed Technocity, land acquisition will not be a problem for the yard for the proposed monorail. Sources said efforts were on to identify government land on the Balaramapuram-Neyyattinkara stretch also for the monorail.

Mr. Cyriac said Natpac would soon start opinion survey, household survey, survey of major alighting and boarding points, and bus stops along the corridors as part of the feasibility study. Along with this, the analysis of the traffic survey would be carried out. “We are keen to complete the study and submit the report within the two months time-frame given to us by the government,” he said. Once the feasibility study report is submitted, it is for the government to come up with a Detailed Project Report and mode of implementation.

Monorail has been mooted for the capital as part of a long-term and economical solution to transportation problems and to discourage personalised modes of transport. It is estimated that 40 per cent of the present traffic can be taken off the city roads once monorail comes.

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