Issue: August 2019


A monthly Newsletter from the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd

Kochi Metro brings you a month’s exciting happenings in a condensed format.

Events and Updates

New Trains

KMRL has added a new train to the fleet at Muttom Yard, raising the train count to 25. This will boost the momentum of Kochi Metro’s phase 1 extension, by improving passenger convenience. 

NORKA Regional Office Inaugurated

The Regional Office of NORKA Roots was inaugurated on the 25th of August by Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, in the presence of dignitaries including Shri. Hibi Eden - MP, Shri. P Rajeev - Former MP, Shri. P T Kunji Muhammed – Chairman, Kerala Pravasi Welfare Board & Shri. V Saleem – Chairman, GCDA. The office is located on the 6th floor of the MG Road Metro Station.

MD Visits

Shri. APM Mohammed Hanish IAS, Managing Director, KMRL surveyed and assessed the construction of phase 1 extension from Maharaja's Ground to Thykoodam. He also took updates on the project’s progress to ensure that work is on track.

Independence Day Celebrations

India’s 73rd Independence Day was celebrated by KMRL at the Muttom Yard. Shri. Kumar K R, Director – Finance hoisted the flag in the presence of KMRL officials.

MD Speaks

New Metro Route All Set: Trial Run From Maharaja's To Thykoodam Successful

It was well worth the wait as Kochi Metro successfully completed the trial run on the new stretch from Maharaja’s College Ground to Thykoodam. The trial run was carried out in two stages. The new stretch will include 5 new stations - Ernakulam South, Kadavanthra, Elamkulam, Vyttila, and Thykoodam.

Stage one of the trial run, which was conducted on 21 July 2019, extended from Maharaja’s College Ground to Ernakulam South Junction and included the “Balanced Cantilever” bridge – the first-of-its-kind curved steel metro track in India. An engineering marvel, the Balanced Cantilever Bridge near Ernakulam South is a unique structure that has been built above the railway lines. It took 2 years and 11 months to build this structure. During the trial run, the train had to be kept in this bridge for 24 hours to carry out detailed assessments based on various parameters pertaining to safety and strength.

Stage two or the full stretch trial run from Maharaja’s College Ground to Thykoodam was carried out successfully on the 31 July 2019. The trial run on this 5.75 Km stretch commenced at 6:20 AM. The train, which started at Maharaja’s station reached the Thykoodam station at 8:20 AM. The return ride commenced at 8:45 AM.

Shri. APM Mohammed Hanish IAS


The trial run was controlled and supervised closely by Technical Officers from KMRL and DMRC - the implementing agency. This new stretch from Maharaja’s to Thykoodam is the second part of the Kochi Metro’s first phase extending from Aluva-Pettah, which is a 25.65 Km path. The next leg of the 1.20 Km Thykoodam-Pettah corridor is expected to be operational by next March. Also, the construction work from Petta to SN Junction will start soon.

We hope that the new metro route will help people save time and energy by making commuting to busy areas of the city like Ernakulam South, Kadavanthara and Vytilla easier, faster and convenient.

Wishing all a very happy, prosperous and blessed Onam.


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