Corp plans Metro-makeover for city business

Source: TNN

KOCHI: Every delay in completing the Kochi Metro comes as a jolt for business houses and traders on arterial roads such as MG Road, Banerji Road and Shanmugham Road.

Though apprehensions over further delays have been allayed after work restarted following recent threats such as the quarry strike, the merchant community wants authorities to draft a plan to “revitalize the city’s commercial hubs”.

According to traders, the ongoing construction work has dealt a death blow to many businesses operating on arterial roads. Hence, there should be a proper plan to ensure that business houses located in the central business district (CBD) benefit from the project once it becomes operational.

Taking the lead, the Kochi corporation is looking at ways to “revitalize” the CBD. The local body is “actively considering plans to introduce non-motorised vehicles” to link Metro stations and the shopping hubs of Broadway, Marine Drive and MG Road using bylanes. More info

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