Issue: October 2019


A monthly newsletter from Kochi Metro Rail Ltd

Events and Updates

CMRS Inspection Conducted

The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety carried out the inspection of the new Maharaja's - Thykoodam stretch, which included the crucial speed test. With the test successful, the speed of trains on this stretch will be increased to 50-80kmph from 25kmph. 

Thykoodam - Petta Stretch To Be Operational In 2020

Construction of the new stretch from Thykoodam to Petta is fast progressing. This route is expected to be operational by next year.

Wait Time During Peak Hours Reduced

Taking into consideration the consistent increase in ridership, Kochi Metro has decided to minimise the wait between trains from seven minutes to six minutes during peak hours i.e. from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the morning and 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the evening, starting Monday, 28 October 2019. This means that there will be 15 trains instead of 13 during weekdays, with a headway of six minutes.

Water Metro Project
Gets Mandatory Clearances

The much-awaited Kochi Water Metro project attained Environment and CRZ clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change. Besides, the Inland Water Authority of India has approved the proposal of 1287 square meter area acquisition at Kakkand for development of the jetty and passenger amenities.

Metro Ensures Uninterrupted Service

Metro came to the rescue of commuters by ensuring uninterrupted, on-time service on 21 October, when the city faced severe water logging and traffic congestion following heavy rains. 75,274 passengers relied on Metro that day.

Football lovers Choose Metro

Kochi Metro clocked 76,895 passengers on 20 October - the opening day of ISL 2019, which kicked off with a high-energy match between Kerala Blasters FC and ATK at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kaloor. The unexpected rains could not dampen the spirits of the match goers; and Metro made sure that they reached the stadium on time.

MD’s Column

“It’s heartening to see more and more Kochiites choosing Metro over other options for inter-city rides – especially after the inauguration of the Maharaja’s - Thykoodam stretch. We’ve been witnessing a steady increase in the number of riders during mornings and evenings, which translates to the fact that Metro is becoming the preferred ‘no-delay transport mode’ amongst officegoers. Taking the convenience of our riders into consideration, we have reduced the wait time/headway time between trains by a minute during peak hours, with effect from 28 October 2019. The wait time during off-peak hours will remain the same.

We also clocked a record number of 76,895 riders on the inaugural day of the Indian Super League and 75,274 riders on the 21st of October, when the city roads were waterlogged following heavy rains.”

Kochi Water Metro will soon become a reality with the project attaining the required clearances from the environment ministry as well as the Inland Water Authority of India.

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