The story of Kochi Metro has been released as a coffee-table book. Named ‘Beyond Tracks’, the book was launched by Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, at the Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram on 15 January 2020.
“Kochi Metro Rail Limited has changed the very dynamics of transport not just in Kochi, but Kerala itself. This book, which is the story of Kochi Metro, will become an important part of history as it will not only help people understand the kind of work and effort that went into the project, but also inspire them to think beyond what they think is possible”, said Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan.
Mr. Tom Jose, Chief Secretary – Govt. of Kerala, shared his experiences as the first Managing Director of the company. “The main challenge was to bring all the stakeholders to the table. We moulded our dream by putting together everything from the scratch. The vision was set, and our goal was to make Kochi Metro the best in the country. I am happy that KMRL has come up with a coffee table book that archives its history.”
‘Beyond Tracks’ is an intriguing narration of Kochi Metro’s story, right fromday one. It takes the reader through every stage, every process, every single detail of the project including ideation, planning, designing, funding models, Central and State Government interventions, strategic alliances, agreements, social integration, green initiatives, unique concepts including themed stations and passenger facilities. One can also read about how KMRL managed to overcome challenges that seemed unsolvable and completed the most complex tasks in a time bound manner.
The book also speaks about how Kochi Metro has grown beyond a mode of transport since its launch in 2017, to an integrated, seamless transport network that infuses efficiency into lives of people by ensuring fast, safe, hassle-free and uninterrupted intra-city services – a feat that’s unparalleled. It also gives the reader a peek into the future plans of KMRL and how it is getting ready to face new challenges to keep up with growing demands.
‘Beyond Tracks’ also lists all the ‘firsts’ achieved by KMRL including introduction of Communications – based Train Control (CBTC), Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model for fare collection and social inclusion. There is a special chapter on women’s empowerment, gender equality andinnovative green transport initiatives adopted by Kochi Metro.