Issue: February 2020


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Events and Updates

A milestone to remember

Since the opening of the Thykoodam stretch, KMRL recorded almost 20 lakh
travellers in the months of December 2019 and January 2020, and continued to
witness a steady rise in its ridership. During the month of December, the count touched an all-time high of 21,08,108 travellers compared to 12,48,874 travellers in
December 2018. The trend continued in January 2020 as well, with 20,74,430 travellers using Metro for their daily commute.

Pavan Doot flagged off

CIAL MD Shri. VJ Kurian and KMRL MD Shri. Alkesh Kumar Sharma flagged off the new electric bus feeder service connecting Aluva Metro Station and Cochin International Airport on 20-02-2020.

Aluva to Airport with Pavan Doot

KMRL signed an agreement with KSRTC for the newly introduced feeder service from Aluva Metro Station to Cochin International Airport. The agreement was signed on 01-02-2020 at Trivandrum between KMRL MD Shri. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS and Shri. KR Jyothilal IAS. Two electric buses by the name Pavan Doot will operate from Aluva Metro Station to the Airport and back.

Phase 1 to the finish line

Kochi Metro’s first trial run on the new stretch from Thykoodam-Petta was a success. With this, Kochi Metro nears the completion of Phase 1.

For a cleaner, greener future

KMRL signed a project agreement with AFD (French Development Agency) on 05-02-2020 for Non-Motorised Transport projects and urban place-making initiatives along the metro corridor for an amount of Rs 239 crores.

Ms. Clémence Vidal De La Blache, Deputy Director of New Delhi AFD’s Office, and KMRL MD Shri. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS signed the agreement in presence of Shri. Jaideep, Joint Secretary, Urban Transport at MoHUA, Shri. Sanjay Kumar, Director, Urban Transport MoHUA, and Shri. Kumar KR, Director, Finance KMRL.

Big budget.
Big win.

Kochi Metro’s new routes from Petta to Thripunithura and JLN to Kakkanad have been allocated an amount of Rs 3025 crores. For the Water Metro project, a total of Rs 682 crores has been allocated. The 76-km integrated Water Metro project will operate in 16 routes across Greater Kochi. It will link 38 jetties and will have 78 well-equipped modern ferries. The project is said to be worth Rs 682 crore.

Pedalling to greener tomorrows

‘It's Happening at Comfort Plaza,’ an event conducted to promote and spread awareness about the benefits of public transportation, was held on 14-02-2020 at Jos Junction. The function included a cycling event and a band performance. Shri. Hibi Eden MP and Shri. TJ Vinod MLA, rode cycles from MG Road Metro Station to Jos Junction, to spread the message about Public Transport Day. The event was flagged off by actor Ms. Veena Nandakumar, and concluded with a lively performance by Thekkan Chronicles .

For a quick bite

The second food counter of Freedom Food Factory under the leadership of Ernakulam District Jail has been opened at JLN Metro Station. The counter was inaugurated by Shri. Rishiraj Singh IPS in the presence of KMRL MD Shri. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS.

Chief Secretary’s visit to the new office

Shri. Tom Jose IAS, Chief Secretary, visited KMRL’s new office at JLN Metro Station on 15-02-2020. He also took an update on the construction progress of Metro’s Phase 1 extension.

MD’s Column

Towards a healthier, greener future

KMRL has always worked towards greener and more efficient alternatives in its functioning. A new initiative under its belt is the promotion of non-motorised transport. ‘It’s Happening at Comfort Plaza’ held at Jos Junction was one such event to spread awareness about alternatives to traditional modes of transport, like cycling. As part of the non-motorised transport initiative, a project agreement was signed with AFD (French Development Agency) to create sustainable alternatives and urban place-making initiatives along the metro corridor. Kochi Metro Rail Limited, together with Cochin Smart Mission Limited (CSML), have implemented the Kochi Bicycle Sharing Scheme in Kochi City from Aluva to Petta along a 25.6 km stretch. Currently, the service is available at Edapally, Changampuzha Park, Palarivattom, JLN Stadium, Kaloor, Lissie and MG Road station’s parking, and will be available at all metro stations eventually.

Eco-friendly alternatives like cycling not only keeps the environment free of carbon footprints but also helps one stay healthy. The use of cycles will also reduce traffic and save time. Indeed, with the introduction of this project, Kochi is set towards a greener and cleaner future.

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