Issue: July 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

Metro Construction Nears Completion

The Kochi Metro project is all set to touch the finishing line, with 90% of the overall work completed. Metro riders will soon be able to enjoy the aerial view of the city, right from Maharaja's Ground to Thykoodam.

Trail Run

The first trail run through the Thykoodam stretch was successfully conducted. Stage 1 of the trial run, from Maharaja’s Ground to Kadavanthara, was completed successfully on the 21st of July 2019. This stretch included a ride through a first-of-its-kind metro path - a “balanced cantilever” or a curved steel structure. Stage 2, which was the full stretch run from Maharaja’s Ground to Thykoodam, was completed on the 30th of July 2019.

Artrack Painting Competition

The first edition of Artrack painting competition, organised by KMRL in association with Greets Public School, PIU, Bank of Baroda and Joboy, was held on 13 July 2019 at the Aluva Metro Station. The event, which was conducted to encourage young, budding talents, saw the participation of more than 600 children.

Chief Secretary Takes Metro Ride

Shri. Tom Jose IAS, Chief Secretary of Kerala, took a metro ride on 12 July 2019, from Maharaja’s Metro Station to M G Road Metro Station. He also surveyed the construction of Phase 1 Extension and took updates of the progress.

MD Speaks

Evolve E-Mobility Expo: Driving A Change

Kerala’s Mobility Conference and Expo, in association with KMRL as the nodal agency, was held at the Grand Hyatt, Bolgatty Island, Kochi on the 29th and 30th of June 2019. Named “Evolve E- Mobility Expo”, this event was inaugurated by Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, in the presence of a host of dignitaries including Shri. Amitabh Kanth IAS, CEO – NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog India; Shri. Hibi Eden, Member of Parliament, Ernakulam; Shri. Tom Jose IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala; Shri KR Jyothylal IAS, Principal Secretary – Transport, Government of Kerala and KMRL Officials.

The first event of its kind in the state, Evolve showcased several innovative ideas aimed at replacing fossil-fuel vehicles with eco-friendly, non-polluting electric vehicles (EV). Evolve also marked the start of a new revolution, with Chief Minister Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan announcing one million e-vehicles on Kerala’s roads by 2022. This will include a pilot fleet of 3,000 buses, 2,00,000 two-wheelers, 50,000 three-wheelers and 1,000 goods carriers. Shri. Amitabh Kanth IAS, CEO – NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog India extended full support to the State Government for this ground-breaking initiative.

Kerala is one of biggest markets in the country for petrol and diesel vehicles. The flipside of this demand is increasing pollution levels – the air that we breathe in is increasingly becoming toxic with the pollutants emitted by these vehicles.

Shri. APM Mohammed Hanish IAS


Though there’s a significant rise in the use of e-vehicles, the level of awareness regarding the need to change is still low. With Evolve, KMRL and the Government of Kerala have successfully taken the first step towards bringing about a sustainable change, through innovation, practical implementation and awareness creation.

Evolve featured over 80 eminent speakers from across the world and 42 stalls that showcased innovative e-mobility solutions. As a part of the event, an e-vehicle charging point was commissioned at the Indian Oil Petrol Pump in Edapally, where vehicles can be charged for free for the first 3 months. Vehicle owners will need to pay only according to the usage after the 3-month free tenure. Kerala Automobile Limited (KAL) also signed a pact with Swiss automobile company Carrosserie Hess AG to manufacture 3000 e-buses for KSRTC.

We at KMRL believe that Kerala, which always has been the frontrunner when it comes to innovation and development, will soon emerge as a shining example to the entire world by changing over to environment-friendly mobility.


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