CODA launches Drive policy to phase out Okada
As part of efforts to eradicate poverty and create wealth for commercial drivers, okada, and pragya riders, the Coastal Development Authority has designed the CODA Drive initiative.
According to CODA, the move will address road safety within the Coastal Development Zone.
Speaking to the media at the launch of the initiative, Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, Jerry Ahmed Shaib disclosed that CODA will offer Bajaj Qute four-passenger quadricycles to drivers and okada riders on hire-purchase for use as public transport.
He further explained the initiative will first start in rural areas and city outskirts in the six regions of the Coastal Development Zone.
The CODA drive is being funded by the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).
It is expected to provide income-earning opportunities for beneficiaries.
It would also reduce road crashes and consequent reduction in injury and death.