Issue: May 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

Water Metro - Terminal Tender

The contract for the construction of Vyttila, Eroor and Kakkanad terminals has been granted to Marymatha Construction Company. These three terminals are a part of the first phase of the project. Tenders for the construction of terminals at High Court, Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, Vypeen and Bolgatty are in progress.

Metro Construction - SN Junction to Petta

The land acquisition process is in its final stage and M/s L&T Infrastructure Engineering Limited, Chennai has been appointed as Detailed Design Consultant for phase I extension. Tender for the construction contract of viaduct and stations are open and evaluation is in progress. The tender for preparatory works of Phase I Extension has been awarded to M/s SEGURO Foundations & Structures, Ernakulam and preliminary activities are underway.

Phase II Preparatory Works

The preparatory works for the second phase of Kochi Metro, from JLN Stadium to Info Park, Kakkanad has begun. The Social Impact Study has been completed and Survey works for preparing sketches for land acquisition is underway. KMRL plans to acquire 2.8630 hectares of land along the JLN- Info Park stretch, of which .72 hectare is government land.

SBI RASMAC & Branch Inauguration

State Bank of India opened its Metro Station Branch and Retail Assets and Small and Medium Enterprises Centre (RASMAC) at Aluva Metro Station on 27th May. RASMAC will cater to the needs of 47 branches around Aluva and hopes to establish branches across four taluks, very soon. The PBB Aluva Branch will now function as Aluva Metro Station Branch.

Rise in Kochi1 Card Users

Between 02 March 2019 and 03 April 2019, Kochi1 card saw an increase in usage by 50%. With KMRL Axis Bank Kochi1 Card, travellers can avail 2 complimentary airport lounge access per quarter.

MD's Column

On track, with metro.

Shri. APM Mohammed Hanish IAS

Managing Director
Kochi Metro Rail Ltd

At KMRL, we have always placed the public’s convenience at the forefront. Furthering that goal, an open data policy was recently launched to improve their access to our services. We now share information regarding stops, routes, schedules and fares, which are converted into universally accepted GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification) standard, letting commuters plan their journey on the go.

The transit details are available on Google Maps with step-by-step instructions for the entire route. In addition to this, we provide users with a separate KMRL map to access the best available routes to get around the city.

We believe in creating a user-friendly system with upgraded technology. Users can clearly locate stations along various metro lines by simply zooming in and out. Commuters can also track the first and last available trains from each station, mark trips and traffic during the entire journey, share information with subsequent users to help plan their journey, and share trip status with friends and family via Google Maps.

Discussions were held with Google to integrate the information on Google maps after opening up the data. Once the procedural requirements were met, GTFS feed was made live on the application. The launch was held on 12 April 2019 at the KMRL office. Through the initiative, KMRL has become the first metro agency in India to adopt an open data approach and has joined the league of giants like DMRC and BMRC. By enhancing the use of metro by the public, KMRL aims to improve the city’s overall public transportation network and create better-planned journeys.