Integrated water transport system
KMRL is all set to implement the integrated water transport project at a cost of Rs.747 crore with financial assistance from the German Bank, KfW. Kochi is the first city in the country to have achieved such a milestone whereby water transport has been integrated as a feeder service to the metro. It is also for the first time in India that such a significant level of investment is being brought in for improving water transport.
The project envisages the development of 16 identified routes, connecting 10 islands along a network of routes that span 76 km. The project intends to bring in a fleet of 78 fast, fuel-efficient, air-conditioned ferries plying to 38 jetties, 18 of which will be developed as main boat hubs, while the remaining 20 will be minor jetties for transit services. More than 100,000 islanders are expected to benefit from the Water Metro, complete with modern watercrafts.