New Delhi: Kochi Metro has been chosen for the central urban development ministry's award for the country's best urban mobility project.
A jury headed by the ministry's former secretary Dr. M. Ramachandran held the view that the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is implementing an excellent urban model incorporating rail, road and water transport projects.
The best urban development projects were being chosen as a part of the Urban Mobility India (UMI) international conference hosted by the ministry every year.
Union urban development minister Hardeep Singh Puri will present the award to KMRL at the UMI gathering in Hyderabad on November 6.
The jury stressed that it was notable that the development of the city's transportation was entrusted to the Metro Rail company.
Kochi beat urban development models like Naya Raipur and Chennai to bag the award.
The jury found that the Kochi model ensures one of the public transport facilities within half-a-kilometer of any part of the city. It also envisions latest technology in buses and auto rickshaws.
They also pointed out that a senior civil service officer was at the helm of the projects and ensured clearance and implementation without any hassles.