Kochi Metro: Thykoodam-Petta stretch inaugurated; Rs 747-cr water metro project all set to be implemented

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 Kochi Metro's the proposal for Phase-2 is under active consideration of the Centre and it would be approved soon, said Puri

The Thykoodam-Petta stretch of Kochi Metro covering 1.33 km was inaugurated jointly by Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi VIjayan through video conference on Monday.

They flagged off the train from Petta at 12:30 PM in a virtual inauguration conducted over video conference.

Kerala’s metro phase 1 has been completed with the commissioning of the Thykoodam-Petta stretch, said Puri.

The Kochi Metro now will run on a 25-km long fully-elevated section between Aluva and Petta. There will be a total of 22 stations now between Aluva and Petta.

Puri said that Phase-1 of the Kochi Metro is now complete at a cost of Rs 6,218 crore. He further said that the proposal for Phase-2 of Kochi Metro is under active consideration of the Centre and it would be approved soon.

Addressing at the online launch, the Union minister urged the people of the country to travel responsibly while adhering to various standard operational procedures (SOPs) issued in different states for metro operations.

The commencement of civil works from SN Junction to Thrippunithura by unveiling the plaques was also done. Kerala ministers, MPs, MLAs, chief secretary and senior officials also joined the virtual inauguration.

With the inauguration of the stretch from Thykoodam to Petta, the total operational stretch will be 25.2 km. From technology, to manpower, to process and functioning, Kochi Metro has been a pioneer. With the commissioning of Petta-Thykoodam stretch, Kochi Metro should be able to increase ridership to over one lakh per day.

KMRL to implement water metro project

KMRL is all set to implement Kochi Water Metro Project at the cost of Rs 747 crore with the financial assistance of German Bank, KFW. Kochi is the first city in the country wherein water transport has been integrated as a feeder service to the metro.

Kochi Metro has dedicated walls for the fishermen community who saved thousands during the 2018 Kerala floods. KMRL has engaged persons from the LGBT community in its operations, thus becoming the first organization to appoint transgender persons in the country.

Kochi Metro's another unique feature is its themed metro stations. Base on the core theme of Western Ghats Kochi Metro has selected various themes such as Kerala's heritage, culture, art etc.

For the Petta Metro Station KMRL has chosen Fishing as the theme with a dedication to the fishermen community of the state. The Automated Fare Collection (AFC) system is a critical core component of any Metro system. KMRL has developed a unique PPP model where in the capital investment as well as the maintenance cost is taken care by a bank and in return the bank to have a co-branded card for Kochi Metro System. This was the first time such an innovative model was launched and is expected to change funding models for AFC systems in the metro industry globally.

Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) had approved the opening of Petta metro station back in May 2020. KMRL had completed the works of Petta station way back in March itself but the commissioning was delayed due to COVID19 lockdown.

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