Re-imagining Fort Kochi

The project aims to create enhanced accessibility of the Ro-Ro jetty node, which is the main node of Fort Kochi Island in India. By improving traffic flow and coordination between different modes (public and private), including NMT, the project will show how reduced vehicular-pedestrian conflicts and enhanced walkable conditions for locals and tourists can be beneficial for all.

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Project Description

Increased private vehicle ownership and change in modal shift from public to private transport has changed the mobility dynamics in the island. The narrow street widths combined with unregulated parking of 4 wheelers and tourist buses has led to congestion on streets, junction conflicts leading to increased accident risks and air pollution. The area lacks NMT (Non-Motorized Transport) infrastructure and amenities leading to unsafe walkable conditions and threat to pedestrian and bicycle users. This is creating a serious threat to local built environment and natural ecosystem, in turn affecting the quality of life. 

The project aims to create enhanced accessibility of the Ro-Ro jetty node, which is the main node of Fort Kochi Island. By improving traffic circulation, accessibility to adjacent spaces and coordination between different modes (public and private), including NMT, the project will show how reduced vehicular-pedestrian conflicts and enhanced walkable conditions for locals and tourists can be beneficial for all.  

Timeline

Planning phase for signage and tactical urbanism in advanced stage

Joint approach (TUMI, WRI India, GIZ India) towards Kochi Municipality to design and install signage

Covid-19 adjustments of project action plan “Building a Resilient Kochi“, a plan on a holistic approach to providing safe public transport and public spaces in times of a pandemic and beyond

Physical improvements of pedestrian access and safety through defined walkable spaces and safe crossings along streets and junctions

Project's Objective

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The main goals have gained importance in order to protect from Covid-19: 

  • Signage and wayfinding project 
  • Physical improvements of pedestrian access and safety through defined walkable spaces and safe crossings along streets and junctions 
  • Covid response studies & the case for multimodal integration. 

Key Outputs

  • Installation of signage, crosswalks, and city bus stand 
  • Defining of circulation pattern, key entry-exit points for various modes, parking zones, pedestrian walkways and vending spaces 
  • Providing safe public transport and public spaces in times of the pandemic and beyond 

Challenges and Learnings

The pilot demonstrated the value of organizing traffic flows and the prioritization of modes. The inverse pyramid principle was used with pedestrians receiving the highest priority, thereafter bus traffic was prioritized and finally the individual motorized traffic (two-wheelers and cars) were given the least priority and least space to board the ro-ro jetty boat. This two day event proved the value of traffic flow measures and was taken on by the city of Kochi as a priority for future traffic planning.

Potentials for Scaling Up

TUMI’s scope of work is limited to documentation, design development, stakeholder consultations, and testing of solution on ground temporarily through tactical urbanism intervention. After thorough analysis of the proposal during the trial the updated design has been prepared and Kochi Municipal Corporation may take this forward for permanent implementation of physical infrastructure as well as enforcement of traffic recirculation with the help of other agencies. 

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The Team

Rohan Shailesh Modi

Advisor

Since several years he is working with GIZ with a focus on Asia & Africa. At TUMI he is on an ambitious journey to ensure procurement of 100000 E-buses by 2025. An energy manager by academics, he specializes in coupling digitization and circular economy topics with sustainable mobility solutions.

Focus Areas: TUMI E-Mobility, TUMI E-Bus Mission

Stephanie Sophie Pons-Dechent

Transport Policy Advisor

Former consultant for KfW Development Bank in the field of nature protection, prioritizing on sustainable conservation finance. She has worked in Brazil, India and Ghana. Stephanie studied Business Administration and Economic Geography, focusing on new mobility trends.

Focus Areas: WMW

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WRI

World Resources Institute

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities helps create accessible, equitable, healthy and resilient urban areas for people, businesses and the environment to thrive. Together with partners, it enables more connected, compact and coordinated cities. The Center expands the transport and urban development expertise of the EMBARQ network to catalyze innovative solutions in other sectors, including water, buildings, land use and energy. It combines the research excellence of WRI with 15 years of on-the-ground impact through a network of more than 250 experts working from Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Mexico and Turkey to make cities around the world better places to live.

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GIZ

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

GIZ provides services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations and governments of other countries all benefiting from these services. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is the main commissioning party, but GIZ also works with the private sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade.

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BMZ

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is headed by the Minister, Svenja Schulze, the Parliamentary State Secretaries, Dr. Bärbel Kofler and Niels Annen, and the State Secretary, Jochen Flasbarth. When Germany provides a developing country with a low-interest loan, when German experts advise the government of a partner country on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) or when private German organisations carry out projects in developing countries, these are all approaches involving direct development cooperation between Germany and its partners. Besides engaging in such bilateral development cooperation activities, Germany is also involved in activities for the benefit of the developing countries at the international level.

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