Issue: December 2019


A monthly newsletter from Kochi Metro Rail Ltd

Events and Updates

Make Way For Milu And Jengu!

Kochi Metro’s mascot, the adorable baby blue elephant, has been named Milu. The name ‘Milu’ was unanimously chosen at the KMRL Board Meeting held in mid-December 2019. Kochi Water Metro’s mascot, the blue and yellow ornamental fish, also got a name – Jengu. Jengu, as the legend goes, is the water spirit that lives in the sea. It is a symbol of protection, healing and fortune. KMRL intends to spread the message on the need to protect Mother Nature through the mascot Jengu. The names were officially announced on 19 December 2019.

Water Metro On Track: KMRL – Govt. of Kerala - KfW Agreement Signed

A tripartite agreement between Kochi Metro Rail Limited, Government of Kerala and German Funding agency KFW for the Water Metro project was signed on 4 December 2019. The 1.8 Million Euros grant as per the agreement will be used for identifying capacity building in the operation and maintenance wing of the Water Metro Project, which includes employee training requirements/modalities as well as Trainer education.

The agreement was signed by Ms. Angelica Angelika Zwicky, Project Manager – Urban Development and Mobility, KfW, Mr. Jyothilal IAS, Principal Secretary - Transport, Government of Kerala and Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, MD – KMRL. 

Happy Ride: Senior Citizens Enjoy Their First Metro Ride

More than 100 senior citizens from Fort Kochi enjoyed their first metro ride with Shri K J Maxi, MLA. The group thoroughly enjoyed the experience of zipping across the city in a matter of minutes.

Future Plans: KMRL – ADB Meeting Held

A four-member team from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), one of Asia’s largest international development finance institutions, met Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, MD - KMRL and other senior KMRL officials last month.

The ADB team, led by Mr. Shantanu Chakraborty, Director - Infrastructure Financing, visited KMRL's Operation's Control Centre at Muttom, newly-opened Metro stations across the city, Vyttila Mobility Hub and construction sites at Petta where the phase 1 extension of Kochi Metro is underway.

Travelling Made Easy For Students: Kochi1 Minor Card

Kochi1 card launched a special card for students aged 10-18. The card, which will have their names printed, will ensure safer, faster and easier city travel for students at subsidised rates.

New Destination: KMRL Shifts To New Corporate Office

Kochi Metro Rail Limited moved to its new corporate office at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Metro Station on 30-12-2019.

Metro Zooms Ahead: Steady Increase In Ridership

The ridership number of Kochi Metro continues to rise, with a recorded 32% passenger growth in the year 2019. The number of passengers commuting by the Metro increased by 41 Lakhs last year, taking the total count to 1,65,99,020.

Season’s Greetings: KMRL Sends Love And Wishes

Kochi Metro wished all its riders and stakeholders on Christmas and New Year through e-mailers and hoardings in Metro stations.

Managing A City: KMRL MD Interacts With German Students

An interaction session between Shri. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, KMRL Managing Director and students from the Centre for Environment Planning & Technology and German International Development Cooperation was held on 3rd December 2019. The students were in Kochi for a week-long Summer Winter School (SWS) session.

Shri. Alkesh Kumar Sharma spoke about city management plans including transit-oriented development, city command control system, waste-water recycling and use of renewable energy at the function. "You have access to knowledge, turn that knowledge into wisdom and implement it", he added.

MD’s Column

“Kochi Metro has become Kochi’s favourite mode of transport, thanks to its reliable, on-time, uninterrupted, high-speed services. The ridership, which was 1,24,95,884 passengers in 2018, increased by 32% to 1,65,99,020 passengers in 2019 – a whopping 41 Lakh increase. The number of passengers who availed Metro services from the 1st of January to the 3rd of September 2019 was 88,83,184. With the launch of the new Thykoodam – Maharajas stretch, the recorded ridership from 4th September to 30th December 2019 stood at 7,14,836. The current average ridership per day is 65,000 during weekdays and 68,000 during weekends.

Year 2019 was a great year for Kochi Metro, as it crossed the milestone of 1 Lakh passengers during Onam. The passenger rush has increased substantially with completion of phase 1. The Christmas-New Year festival season also witnessed a huge surge in the number of commuters, with lakhs of people depending on Metro’s on-time and trustworthy services to travel across the city.

The steady increase in the sale of KMRL Kochi1 card proves that the number of regular commuters are on the rise. KMRL has now introduced Kochi1 card for students aged 10-18. Named Kochi1 Minor Card, this card will offer safe and on-time

travel to students at special rates. KMRL has also brought out Metro Day Pass and Weekend Pass that offer unlimited rides across the city.

Year 2020 is going to be a truly special one for Metro. With the Petta stretch slated to be operational in March 2020 and launch of Water Metro in November 2020, we expect the daily ridership to increase substantially. We are also looking forward to the sanction from the Central Government for the second phase which will extend to Thrippunithura.

We hope that 2020 will be a wonderful year for you as well. May this new year and new decade bring you success and happiness.”

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