City Actions in Kochi (India)
Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is the second largest city in the south-western Indian state Kerala. Kochi is also a major Indian port-city on the south-west coast. The municipal corporation of Kochi has a population of over 600,000 inhabitants and the metropolitan region is home for over 2 million inhabitants. With rapid urbanisation Kochi, like many other growing Indian cities, faces a pressure to increase the facilities to cater for the movement of its people. The traditional forms of transport in Kochi i.e. waterways, bus transport, walking and cycling, have come under pressure and have become unappealing to the users with improved lifestyles. This has led to a rapid motorisation, both in motorised two-wheelers and personal cars. To reverse the trend and bring back the priority to walking, cycling and public transport, Kochi has developed a comprehensive mobility plan, highlighting the various options for promoting sustainable mobility and people oriented urban planning.