The Project - Kochi Metro Rail Ltd.

The Project

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Project Profile

The Specifications
Design Speed 90 km per hour
Average speed 35 km per hour
Train Length 66.55 metres (3 coaches)
Estimated Completion Cost Rs 5181.79 Crore
Fare Collection Automatic fare collection system with combination of smart cards & RFID / QR Code tickets
Capacity/Train 975 passengers (Crush load) (Seating – 136)
Phase I Aluva to Petta
Phase IA Petta to SN Junction
Phase II JLN Stadium to Infopark( Detail Project Report submitted to Central Government )
Phase III Aluva to Angamaly(planned)


Total Number of Trains 25
Present Reach Aluva to Thykudum.(21 station).

The most cost effective, modern and 80% indigenised coaches in India are from M/s. Alstom, France, using Third Rail Traction that are capable of being run driverless in future.

Technical Details
Construction Methodology Elevated viaduct carried over pre-stressed concrete ‘U/I’ shaped girders with pile/open foundations
Rolling Stock 2.9 m wide modern rolling stock with stainless steel body, Standard gauge, Axle load of 16 tonnes
Power Supply Source 110 KV AC
Traction 2.9 m wide modern rolling stock with stainless steel body, Standard gauge, Axle load of 16 tonnes
Signalling, Train Control & Telecommunication Communication Based Train control – ATC with ATO, ATS, ATP & CBI
Contracts and Tenders awarded
  • Viaduct and Station Buildings
  • Viaduct and 6 Station Buildings from Aluva to Kalamassery – Larson & Toubro, Chennai
  • Viaduct and 6 Station Buildings from Kalamassery to JLN Stadium – Larson & Toubro, Chennai
  • Viaduct and 5 Station Buildings from JLN Stadium to Ernakulam Junction Station – Soma Enterprises Limited, Pune
  • Viaduct and 5 Station Buildings from Ernakulam Junction to Petta – Era & Ranken (JV), New Delhi
  • Modification to EHT Lines of KSEB
  • Vindhya Telelinks Ltd, New Delhi – KE-1 to KE- 7
  • Red Star Constructions, Alappuzha – KE-8 (Muttom)
  • Power Supply and Traction
  • Ardanuy Ingenieria S.A, Spain.
Project Updates
Detailed Project Report
  1. Download DPR
Upcoming Projects
  1. One Ticket – Many JourneysThe system that KMRL has planned for Kochi Metro is one that involves a single card, single timetable and a common command & control.  A first-of-its-kind agreement was signed with Axis Bank for implementing an Automatic Fare Collection System (AFC) with a debit card that can also be used for purposes other than transit. This co-branded debit card will allow passengers to access all modes of public transportation and can also be utilized for mercantile and internet transactions.  The card can be linked with any bank account of the user, in any bank.
  2. Non-Motorised Transport (NMT)KMRL has prepared a Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) Master plan for Kochi, comprising the identification of priority NMT corridors in a 2km buffer area on either side of the metro corridor. The objective of this initiative is to provide safe, accessible and comfortable footpaths, improved conditions for cycling, bicycle parking facilities and urban renewal through place making. This will also work as last mile connectivity from almost all the stations. After several rounds of meetings with bus owners and operators, 1000 private buses have formed 7 bus companies.In line with this initiative, a 350-meter-long walkway-cum-cycle track was constructed by KMRL on Shihab Thangal Road, Panampilly Nagar as a pilot programme.
  3. Feeder taxis and busesKMRL has started feeder-buses/taxies/auto rickshaws, preferably electric or CNG, at some metro stations to operate an environment-friendly transportation system for the city.  Kochi Metro has also planned a Public Bike Sharing (PBS) scheme as a pilot project with 4 docking stations having 7 cycles each.
Social inclusion

A unique aspect of Kochi Metro is the deployment of members of Kudumbasree – a women empowerment-oriented, community-based, poverty-reduction self-help group project of the Government of Kerala – for managing station operations. Kudumbasree provides a vast array of services from customer relations, crowd management, housekeeping and catering services, which once operational will be the largest crew of women to be employed by any metro. KMRL, along with Kudumbasree, has included persons from the LGBT community in its operations, thus becoming the first organization to appoint transgender persons as per the transgender policy of the Kerala government.

Solar Energy

Solar panels on the roofs of metro stations

  • Capacity – 4MW
  • Construction – RESCO Model
  • PPA – Rs. 5.51 per unit for 25yrs

Ground mounted solar panels at Muttom

  • Capacity – 2.3 MW, Grid connected
  • Land Area – 40000 sq.m, Muttom
  • Cost – Rs. 15 crore estimated
Vertical Gardens

Every sixth pillar of Kochi Metro will have a vertical garden, utilising biodegradable waste from the city instead of soil.  The plants contained on the coir beds will be watered using drip irrigation, the implementation of which is being tied up with the Swatchh Bharat Mission.   We are also planning to collect waste from other municipalities for this purpose.

Plastic Bottle Recycling

KMRL has installed Plastic Bottle Recycling Machines at few stations. The machines have been designed to dispose and recover products effectively for recycling. The highlight of the machine is that customers using the facility will be incentivized by way of discount coupons redeemable at select commercial outlets. Food outlets and supermarkets will be linked with the machine manufacturer for provision of coupons.