Saturday, March 20, 2010

Vyttila Junction

By D Dhanuraj

The proposed Vytilla Mobility Hub might change the landscape of this area in the coming years. As forecasted in the feasibility study undertaken by Centre for Public Policy Research, the city Centre may move to this part of the district. Being stalled by the Arabian Sea on the west, city can grow only east wards and Vyttila becomes an ideal junction for the developmental activities.

Every day when i drive from home to office, I have to cross Vyttila Junction. Some days, the traffic may be easier to cross the junction withina few minutes otherwise, bucking ques from all the directions. In the peak hours the time allotted for each side is on average of 25 seconds. My early lessons in Physics class helps me to measure time required to cross 200 metres and i find 25 seconds an average make a mockery of the situation. The cumbstine required for Petrol and Diesel engines are very high at the beginning. the moment the vehicles attain a speed of 10 KM/Hr to cross the junction, the red light beams again and stops the vehicles. In a country where we make hue and cry about the money that we spend for the import of Petroleum products, no one is bothered about the fuel we spend in each minute while we cross the junction at Vyttila because of the anomaly in the switch over time.

I am not sure what shall be the switch over time but i am sure it shall not be 25 seconds. given the traffic congestion there, it shall be well above 45 seconds definitely or more.


KUDS INDIA said...

We at KUDS apprecaite what Mr. Dhanuraj and the CPPR have done in studying Kochi's transportation problem and doing extensive research for the Vytilla Mobility Hub. We are looking forward to working with the CPPR in its future endeavors.

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Nikhil said...

Dhanuraj, you've been advocating some really sensible things on this blog. The mainstream media in Kochi have not really caught on to the ideas of the sustainable transport paradigm.

Another factor that is equally responsible for causing traffic jams and resulting energy loss is bad driver behaviour. Parking on roads, more u turns than necessary and obstructing (free left) at traffic junctions all affect traffic tremendously. The junction discussed here if I am not mistaken is plagued by all these problems.