About Us - Kochi Metro Rail Ltd.

About Us


To enrich the quality of life for everyone in Kochi by facilitating better connectivity between people, between people and places, and between people and prosperity.


To make Kochi a more liveable and pleasant city for residents and visitors alike, where public transportation would be used by all – connecting people and places safely, seamlessly, reliably and comfortably.

Towards an Integrated Transportation System

Five years ago, Kochi Metro Rail Limited was started with the objective of building and running a metro line, but later we decided to use KMRL as an opportunity to migrate citizens from personal vehicles to public transport and change the face of transportation and mobility in the process. KMRL is trying to build itself as Kerala’s urban transport solutions provider. By being the first metro system in the country with an integrated multimodal transport system, Kochi Metro will not only give the city a much-required face-lift but also provide an end-to-end connectivity.

Our objective is to make Kochi the first city in the country where the entire public transport system: the metro, the buses, the boats, the auto-rickshaws and the taxies work together as a seamless integrated system; with a common timetable, common ticketing and centralised `command and control’.

Strategic Goals

  • To introduce a world-class metro system in Cochin to enhance the quality of life for the Greater Kochi metro area by improving regional connections and reducing overcrowding, traffic congestion, transit time, air and noise pollution.
  • To adopt a stakeholder approach to improve connectivity and quality of life by coordinating and consulting with important stakeholder groups, such as community groups, business groups, environmental groups, state and central governments, architects and planners, and various regulatory agencies.
  • To connect metro with the Cochin International Airport to create seamless transition, transit, and interconnectivity.
  • To plan and extend the metro to Fort Cochin.
  • To create transport hubs with metro, bus and rail links.
  • To increase the economic vitality of the region by improving infrastructure resulting in the further development of the greater Kochi area as an economic, transportation, and tourism hub.
  • To be accountable for our actions.


  • Safety and Service: We commit to provide a safe, reliable and customer-friendly transportation experience.
  • Community Involvement: We value being a part of the greater Kochi community and strive to contribute to the economic growth and development of the area.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: We pledge to work with all the stakeholders, including customers, employees, local businesses, local community, civic societies and appropriate state and federal governmental authorities, in our operations.
  • Cultural and Environmental Sustainability: We believe in sustainable economic development where infrastructural, economic and ecological concerns are integrated into smart growth
  • Employee Empowerment: We commit to a work environment where employees are treated with respect, they take responsibility for results and their teamwork is rewarded.
  • Fiscal Responsibility & Accountability: We pledge to being fiscally responsible as well as being accountable for our actions.

Operational Goals

  • To ensure that the planners reflect the socio-cultural, economic, and environmental impact of the proposed system.
  • To link investments in public transportation systems with land-use planning.
  • To minimize property acquisition and other displacements in the implementation of the project.
  • To support existing and planned economic activities.
  • To encourage an environmentally sustainable approach to planned development.
  • To build a metro system with rider security and comfort as the most important considerations.
  • To achieve economic feasibility and cost-effectiveness in the implementation of the strategic objectives.

Board of Directors

  1. Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Chairman – Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Room No.122 C, Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi – 110011
  2. Shri Mukund Kumar Sinha, Nominee Director, OSD (UT) & Ex-officio Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Room No.138 C, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi – 110011
  3. Smt Sujatha Jayaraj, Nominee Director, Director (Finance), Chennai Metro Rail Limited, Koyambedu, Chennai – 600107
  4. Shri Dimpy Garg, Nominee Director, EDME (Chg), Railway Board, Ministry of Railway, Rail Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001
  5. Shri D.K. Saini, Nominee Director, Director (Projects), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Metro Bhawan, Fire Brigade Lane, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi – 110001
  6. Shri Tom Jose, Nominee Director, Chief Secretary, Government Secretariat, Government of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram – 695001
  7. Shri Manoj Joshi, Nominee Director, Principal Secretary (Finance), Government of Kerala, Government Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram – 695001
  8. Shri K. Mohammed .Y. Safirulla, Nominee Director, District Collector, Collectorate, Kakkanad, Ernakulam – 682030
  9. Vice Admiral S.K.K. Krishnan, Independent Director, A 403, Jal Vayu Vihar, Powai, Mumbai – 400076
  10.  Shri A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish, Managing Director, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd., 8th Floor, Revenue Tower, Kochi – 682011
  11.  Shri Thiruman Archunan, Director (Projects), Kochi Metro Rail Ltd., 8th Floor, Revenue Tower, Kochi – 682011
  12.  Shri D.K. Sinha, Director (Systems), Kochi Metro Rail Ltd., 8th Floor, Revenue Tower, Kochi – 682011
  13.  Shri Kumar K.R., Director (Finance), Kochi Metro Rail Ltd., 8th Floor, Revenue Tower, Kochi – 682011

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2017-18 – English | Hindi

Annual Report 2016-17 – English/Hindi

Annual Report 2015-16 – English | Hindi

Annual Report 2014-15 – English | Hindi

Annual Report 2013-14 – English | Hindi

Annual Return

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Why Kochi Metro

  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) predicts an average city speed of 6 to 8 kmph by 2030, which is the speed of a morning walker, if urban transport is not properly planned and developed now.
  • The present transport facilities are inadequate to handle every day demands.
  • Gridlocks and congestion are routine now; they result in wastage of manpower, fossil fuels, increase pollution and act as dampeners to economic development.
  • The traffic snarls force people to spend time on the road which they would otherwise spend with their friends and families.
  • Further road development is very limited owing to geographical and demographical limitations.
  • Therefore alternate modes of urban mass transport and multimodal integration have to be planned.
  • The Kochi Metro Rail Project is the first move in such a direction in Kerala.
  • Accessing jobs, education, livelihoods and other social needs from the outskirts into the business centre of the city would become less time-consuming and quality of life will increase for the urban population.
  • The average citizen would get a reliable, safe, economic, comfortable, user-friendly and punctual mode of transport at affordable rates.