Three CDIA-Supported Transport Projects Get Implemented

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Millions of commuters are now benefiting from the new transport projects that CDIA helped plan in Peshawar, Pakistan; Tbilisi, Georgia; and Kochi, India. These projects are now making public transportation more efficient, affordable, safer and environment-friendly in the three cities.

Zu Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System

In Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Peshawar’s new BRT system is offering a new travel experience for residents with the deployment of a fleet of low-emission, electric-hybrid buses that links the east part of the city to the west, from Chamkani Terminus to Karkhano Market.

The new buses run along a dedicated 27-kilometer corridor; and the BRT system has cut travel time from 2 hours to just 45 minutes. Its 30 stations are modern, accessible, safe and equipped with priority facilities for women, elderly and persons with disabilities (PWDs).

When fully implemented, Zu Peshawar is expected to serve 300,000 daily passengers and result in an annual 31,000-ton-equivalent reduction in carbon footprint.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Agence Française de Développement financed the implementation of the project in partnership with the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

In 2013, CDIA supported a project preparation study, which developed a 20-year public transport roadmap for Peshawar and proposed the BRT system as the most feasible option to alleviate traffic and pollution in the city while offering a much safer and efficient alternative to poorly maintained, expensive and unreliable public transport at that time.

Tbilisi Metro Upgrade

 The 500,000 daily passengers of Tbilisi Metro in Georgia’s capital are now experiencing a safer way to commute with the completion of the ADB-financed replacement of cables and ventilators.

ADB’s $15-million investment has helped replace 500 km of the metro’s old power cables and rehabilitate the ventilation system for the first time since it was built more than 50 years ago. The rehabilitation has removed fire hazards and improved air quality in the stations, making daily commute safer and more comfortable.

In 2017, CDIA assisted the city in developing an investment program to improve the operation of the Tbilisi Metro system to meet present day technical, operational, safety and accessibility standards. Based on the audit, inventory and assessment it made on the Metro, CDIA provided specific recommendations to modernize the system and developed the detailed design for the upgrade of the metro’s cabling and ventilators, considered among the top priority works.

Kochi Water Metro

At least one million residents living along Kochi’s extensive network of water canals are set to benefit from an innovative and sustainable mode of urban commuting with the inauguration of the first phase of the Kochi Water Metro on 15 February 2021 in India’s State of Kerala.

The government will operate 78 fast, electrically-propelled hybrid ferries that will connect 10 islands along 15 identified routes spanning 78 kilometers in total. They will set up 38 terminals, which will have floating pontoons that will make the boarding and deboarding of passengers fast and easy, even for PWDs. The Water Metro’s centralized operation system, potentially the largest in Asia will efficiently bring under one control the fleet of ferries, while its top-notch surveillance system will ensure safe, reliable and timely ferry services.

Under Phase One, 23 ferries with 100-passenger capacity are expected to operate through 16 terminals. The route between Vyttila (one of the busiest traffic hubs in the city) and Kakkand (Kochi’s IT hub) will start operation by the end of this month. The ferry system will thereafter be extended up to Infopark and Smart City, with additional 55 ferries with 50-passenger capacity to be launched in Phase Two.

The German development bank KfW supported the ferry system with an €85 million investment, which is expected to result in an annual 16,500 ton-equivalent reduction in carbon footprint.

In 2010, CDIA helped the government of Kochi to develop an investment package for its ferry services to cater to its island communities. The project further hopes to relieve congestion pressures brought about by road-based transport.

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