Issue: January 2020


A monthly newsletter from Kochi Metro Rail Ltd

Events and Updates

Great Start: Year 2020
Begins With Record Ridership

The new year and new decade started on a fantastic note for Kochi Metro, with a record 1.25 lakh ridership on 1 January 2020. This is the highest ever passenger number recorded by Kochi Metro on a commercial operational day.

Coffee Table Book On KMRL Released

The story of Kochi Metro has been compiled into a coffee-table book named ‘Beyond Tracks’. The book was officially launched by Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, at Thiruvananthapuram on 15 January 2020, in the presence of Shri. Tom Jose, Chief Secretary – Govt. of Kerala, Shri. M M Mani, Minister for Electricity, Shri. K T Jaleel, Minister for Higher Education & Minority Welfare and Shri. K Krishnankutty, Minister for Water Resources and Shri. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, MD – KMRL.

Let’s Travel Together: Every Friday Is Now Public Transport Day

KMRL has decided to observe every Friday as ‘Public Transport Day’, starting January 2020. All KMRL employees will use public transport on Fridays as a part of this ‘green-transport initiative’ that aims to encourage people to use non-motorised / public transport at least once a week and help reduce air pollution.

KMRL Signs Rs. 4000 Crore Worth MoUs At Ascend Kerala 2020

Kochi Metro Rail Limited signed two Memoranda of Understanding worth Rs. 4000 Crore with Kerala Infrastructure Fund Management Ltd (KIFML) for the Kakkanad Bliss City Project and Kochi Water Metro Project. The MoUs were signed by Shri. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, MD – KMRL and Shri. V S Senthil IAS, CEO – KIFML at the two-day ASCEND 2020 Global Investors meet held in Kochi.

Principal Secretary And KMRL MD Conduct A Joint Site Visit

Shri. K R Jyothilal IAS, Principal Secretary -Transport, Govt. of Kerala and Shri. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, Managing Director, KMRL conducted a joint site visit to inspect and assess the on-going construction work on 7 January 2020. They rode the Metro to the site.

Kitten Trapped In A Metro Pillar Rescued

In a first-of-its-kind rescue operation, KMRL and Kerala Fire Force, rescued a kitten that got trapped on the wedge of a metro pillar in Vytilla Junction on 20 January 2020. The rescue operation, which was more challenging than expected, was carried out successfully. KMRL, which closely monitored the entire operation, provided man lifters for the firefighters to reach the kitten; and also briefed them about the electric lines. The rescued kitten was caught and moved to a veterinary facility. The kitten, which became a sensation in no time, was also given a name: Metro Miki.

Metro Station Renamed

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.

Polio Vaccination Centres At Metro Stations

Kochi Metro opened polio vaccination zones at Thykoodam, Vytilla, Elamkulam, Kadavanthra, Lissie, Kaloor, Muttom and Aluva stations on 19 January 2020, to support the National Pulse Polio Drive for children below the age of five.

Meeting On Canal Rejuvenation Held

A meeting to discuss the on-going canal rejuvenation was held on 21 January 2020. The main agenda of the meeting, which was attended by Shri. Hibi Eden MP, Shri. P T Thomas MLA, Shri. M Swaraj MLA, Shri. T J Vinod MLA, Councillors of Kochi and officials from Antea Nederland BV - Unihorn consortium and KMRL, was to discuss and create a plan on how to maintain the rejuvenated canals in the long-run, including periodic cleaning and preservation of aquatic life.

German Ambassador Lauds The Kochi Water Metro Project

His excellency Walter J Lindner, the German Ambassador to India, who visited Kochi on 24 January 2020, was all praises for the Kochi Water Metro project and the way construction is progressing swiftly. His Excellency took a ride on the Metro with Shri. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, MD – KMRL, who briefed him on the various initiatives by KMRL. They also visited the Water Metro construction site at Vyttila.

His Excellency was presented an honourary Kochi1 Card and a copy of KMRL’s coffee table book ‘Beyond Tracks’ at the KMRL office. He promised to come back to Kochi later this year to take part in the inauguration of the Water Metro services.

Republic Day Celebrated

KMRL celebrated the 71st Republic Day of India, by hoisting the National Flag and planting tree saplings, which echoed its vision: a green, sustainable future for Kochi. The celebrations were attended by the entire KMRL team including Shri. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, MD and senior officials.

KMRL Wins Central Government Award For Seamless Transport Connectivity

The Government of India, on the occasion of the 12th Urban Mobility India Conference-cum-Expo, conferred the 'Award of Commendable Initiative' to KMRL, under the category - 'Best City Bus Service Project'. KMRL won the coveted award for its project 'Seamless Mobility for Kochi'.

MD’s Column

KMRL is the pioneer of green transport in Kerala. As a part of our vision to create a greener, cleaner Kochi, we have decided to observe every Friday as Public Transport Day. All our employees commute to and from the office using public transport or a non-motorized mode of transport on that. Our aim is to inspire people to use public transport at least once a week, which will reduce the load and impact of toxic pollutants emitted by individual vehicles on the environment. This move will also help decongest roads, which in turn saves time, money and fuel. Like they say, little drops make an ocean. We are positive that this initiative will help improve the air quality and decrease traffic blocks in Kochi city in the long run.

We sincerely hope the people of Kochi joins us in our journey to make Kochi a shining example to the world.

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