Kochi Metro to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June17,2017
The Kochi Metro, India’s eighth and the first in a tier-II city, is set to go into commercial operation once Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates it on June 17,2017
The operationalisation of the first phase will be the first step towards an integrated public transport system that will include feeder services with boats — called Water Metro, being set up at Rs 800 crore — as well as buses, the existing network for which is being restructured. A prepaid card, Kochi One, will be launched for use in all services of the integrated network.
The Metro itself is being set up at Rs 6,000 crore, with the construction executed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), for operation by the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL). Of a total route length of 26 km with 22 stations, the first phase will run 13 km covering 11 stations between Palarivattam in Kochi city and Aluva, a neighbouring municipal town. The KMRL is now conducting trail runs with six trains.
The 11 stations in the first leg have been designed on various themes showcasing Kerala’s natural beauty, the Western Ghats, maritime history, spices, cultural and artistic heritage and sports, besides the local history of Kochi city. The roofs of all stations have been spread with solar power panels, which are expected to generate 2.3 MW. Besides, a vertical garden will be erected on selected pillars along the corridor.
The minimum fare will be Rs 10, while covering 12 km will cost Rs 40