[71] The RoB received approval from the State Cabinet on 26 February. [149][150] The total debt component from Canara Bank and AFD amounted to INR 21.70 billion. "There are no doubts about this. The board has also asked the state government to revisit the total area that the project will cover, so that the project can be extended to the fast developing suburbs of Kochi. Along with starting operations, the Kochi Metro Rail Corporation on June 17 organised a Sneha Yatra for more than 1,550 people with physical and cognitive disabilities. CUSAT was given the task, as the report submitted by DMRC did not have specifications regarding the parking facilities. [12] [91][92][93] Construction work on the Kochi Metro rail project began on 7 June 2013,[94] with the piling works for the viaducts near Changampuzha Park, after an official launch ceremony held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at 10:30 am on the same day. The Kochi Metro Map Route is a fast speed transit system in the city of Kochi (formerly known as Cochin). Out of this approximately, 17 hectares was for the Muttom coach maintenance depot. The DMRC will call for re-tender for the work between South and Vyttila. The SMS submitted the report on 10 August 2012. Aude Flogny, Regional Director, South Asia & Mr. Gautier Kohler, Project Coordinator India were there in the team. The cost for the station was ₹ 100 million. [174] It was later decided that Kochi Metro will run on standard gauge, with 3 coaches initially in each train, which can be extended to six coaches in future. Advertisements will be placed at metro stations, pillars along the viaduct, the interior/exterior of trains and the KMRL website. But the project was delayed because the Central Government expressed serious doubts about the economic viability of the project. [184][185][186][187], KMRL will acquire 20 MW of electricity, to operate the metro. [11] [7] The Kochi metro project is the first metro in the country which connects rail, road and water transport facilities. The remaining land was required for the construction of metro stations. Kaloor, Kochi, Kerala - 682017, This page was last edited on 12 January 2021, at 09:40. The team inspected the project site and held discussions relating to the funding for Kochi Metro Rail project. Kochi Metro Rail Limited is hoping to get a final commitment from the French financial agency AFD - Agence Française de Développement by the end of December 2013. Normally only a 6-7 km stretch is inaugurated in the first phase. [127] The first test run of the Kochi metro was conducted on 27 February 2016 on a 1 km (0.62 mi) section between Muttom Yard depot and Kalamassery at speeds of up to 10 km/h (6.2 mph). [172], It was initially proposed to use maglev trains from South Korea for Kochi Metro. [48], Aryadan Mohammed, Minister for Power and Transport and the Vice Chairman of Existing Board of Directors, said that the Kerala Government had decided as early as in March 2010 that Sreedharan would be in charge of the project. To a query, Mr. Chandy said 1,095 days was the deadline for completing the first phase of the Kochi metro for the 24 km from Aluva to Pettah. The project will require 477 trees to be cut. [15] Another 5.65 km (3.51 mi) section from Maharaja's College Stadium to Thaikoodam was inaugurated on 3 September 2019 by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri. [21] Apart from the regular tickets, it has also adopted a single card, single timetable and a singular command and control. There will be 11 stations on the line - Palarivattom Junction, Palarivattom Signal, Chembumukku, Vazhakkala, Kunnumpuram, Kakkanad Junction, Kochi Special Economic Zone, Chittethukara, Rajagiri, InfoPark I and InfoPark II. [165], Stations were designed to provide the maximum natural ventilation in passenger areas. [161] According to a KMRL official, "It [stations] will be designed in such a way that it reflects the Kerala style of architecture with each of the 22 stations reflecting a regional theme. 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. [39][40] The then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy stated that it was part of an administrative decision. The Kochi Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Kochi in Kerala, India. [180] According to Metro officials, "The delay will impact integrated trial of coaches in Aluva-Palarivattom route, initially scheduled for August 2015. It was transported from the yard around 7 pm on Friday with the help of two huge cranes and special trailers brought from Mumbai.[126]. KMRL has built skywalks connecting metro stations & nearby landmarks. A Cabinet decision was taken to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) called Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) as per orders from Planning Commission and the Union Government for the implementation, operation and maintenance of the metro project. [171] Each coach will have three wide doors, with automatic door closing and opening. The government led by E.K. The total land required for all stations is 9.3941 hectares, including area required for parking lots. Jacob RoB near the KSRTC stand, commissioned on 12 May 2013, was the first of the five works to be completed. [200], The minimum fare on the Kochi Metro is ₹10 (14¢ US) and the maximum is ₹60 (84¢ US). In Kochi Metro Map Currently, the only phase1 is working, 22 Stations are now operating including Petta Metro Station(the Newest one) while three more are planned.More than 1 lakh (100,000) people travel on this metro line which operates at a frequency of 8 minutes. The information on scheduled stops, routes and fares have been converted into the universally accepted General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) and has been allowed to developers, entrepreneurs, data analysts to download from the KMRL website. In 2017, when the first phase of the Metro rail was inaugurated in Kochi, the need for a transport authority that can streamline multiple modes of transport with a single ‘command and control’ centre strengthened. "[47], On 3 January 2012, Oommen Chandy stated that E. Sreedharan would have final say on the metro project. 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. Metro map The Kochi Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Kochi in Kerala, India. The ‘U- shaped’ girder was cast at the Metro Casting Yard at Kalamassery. [12] The first phase is being set up at an estimated cost of ₹51.81 billion (US$730 million). [129][130] On 8 May 2017, Kochi Metro was given the final approval to start service.[131]. Kalamassery station depicts rare species of the mountain range. Shared e-auto feeder service is available from Maharajas College The Kochi metro project is the first metro in the country which connects rail, road and water transportfacilities. The capacity of each train is 975 passengers. [147], On 4 November 2013, the KMRL director board approved an offer from Canara Bank to provide it with a loan of ₹11.7 billion (equivalent to ₹16 billion or US$220 million in 2019). [138], The State Cabinet approved Phase II of the Kochi Metro on 17 May 2017. [16] Kochi metro also includes the technology for driverless trains and is hoping to implement this in the near future.[17][18]. [155][201], The metro system will use the Kochi One pre-paid EMV chip smart card, which can also be used on other modes of public transport in the city, including KSRTC and private buses, ferries operated by the SWTD, and the proposed air-conditioned ferries to be operated by the KMRL.[202]. In the video posted by KMRL where MD Mohammed Hanish spoke about the extension, he said in a rather positive tone that the paper works for phase 2 are going to be over pretty soon. [175] The width of each coach was initially fixed at 2.70 metres (8 ft 10 in) in the DMRC's original DPR. Kochi Metro Phase 3 Extension : Airport Extension. but picked up towards the end of 2013. [172] The platforms at each station will be 70 metres (230 ft) long,[171] and will have half platform screen doors. The Kochi Metro owns a 52.3-acre plot in Muttom, of which 31.1 acres is required for the metro depot. Food outlets and supermarkets will be linked with the machine manufacturer for provision of coupons. [193] Installation of a 2.3 MW solar plant at the Muttom depot was completed in May 2017. The Kochi Metro, conceived and implemented as the face of new-age Kochi, is apparently turning out to be a white elephant. [78][79][80][81] Approximately, 4.6 hectares of land will be required for widening curves and stretches where the metro's viaduct is positioned outside the median. [20] The system is also involved in sustainable initiatives with the introduction of non-motorized transport corridors in the city, installation of solar panels for power and vertical garden on every sixth metro pillar. [113] KMRL has also set up a vertical garden on every sixth pillar along the metro rail system. Under the terms of the power purchase agreement, Hero will sell the generated power to KMRL at a rate of ₹5.51 (7.7¢ US) per unit. The station near Lissie Hospital is named after the hospital after they won the naming rights for the station. [22] Every Kochi Metro station is designed on a specific theme around Kerala culture and geography. [88] The remaining land was owned by the KSEB and was acquired separately. [158] All platformss are 70 metres (230 ft) long. Kochi Metro was lauded for its decision to employ Kudumbashree workers and also members of the transgender community. [215], Geographic data related to Kochi Metro at OpenStreetMap, This article is about the elevated rapid transit system. [38], On 14 August 2012, the state government reconstituted the Board of Directors of KMRL. [42][43] Based on the inputs received from the pre-appraisal mission team of AFD, a formal detailed- appraisal mission team visited Kochi from 25 to 27 April 2013. Unlike Phase I, the KMRL will implement Phase II independently without the involvement of the DMRC. [213], In early 2014, E. Sreedharan criticised Kochi Metro Railway Limited (KMRL) for its involvement in the re-tender for the procurement of coaches for the project, saying that this would result in a delay of six or seven months. [57] The works included the widening of 3 arterial roads and the construction of a new rail over bridge (RoB) near KSRTC station and a foot over bridge. The agency suggested five preparatory works to the State government, which approved all five projects in March 2010. [83] The addition of parking lots increased the amount of land required by 8.4874 hectares. The DMRC's DPR mentioned parking lots only at the 2 terminal stations - Aluva and Pettah. Land acquisition for a foot overbridge near the KSRTC main depot will cost ₹ 2.8 million percent and land for the approach road of the Ponnurunni railway overbridge will be acquired at ₹ 1850,000 percent. During this period, governments changed at the national level between Congress- and BJP-led coalitions. Spices of Kerala is the theme of the Edapally station, while the cultural and artistic heritage of Kerala forms the theme of the Changampuzha Park station. It was opened to the public within four years of starting construction, making it one of the fastest completed metro project in India. The exact date of the inaugural function will be finalised after the Railway safety commisisoner gives his nod. [13] In October 2017, Kochi Metro was named the Best Urban Mobility Project in India by the Urban Development Ministry, as part of the Urban Mobility India (UMI) international conference hosted by the ministry every year. We have asked Era Constructions to go ahead with the work at Vyttila. The Cabinet also approved a proposal to sign an agreement with the union government and railways for construction of 27 road overbridges. Former Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy has took great initiative in its fast construction. [214] In the earlier tender that the DMRC had floated, the sole bidder was Hyundai. The Bench observed that the civic body had "not moved an inch", after the discussion on the alignment submitted by the Roads and Bridges Development Corporation in 2011. The station was instead built on land owned by the Kochi Corporation near Ernakulam Girls' High School, while the Operations Control Centre was built in Muttom. [72] The 2-lane, 10-metre wide RoB is estimated to cost ₹52 crore (US$7.3 million) and will be constructed by the DMRC. [196] [172] A total of 22 trains will be inducted for the first phase of operations of the metro. Palarivattom station features images of the flowers of the Western Ghats. [41], The Director Board of Kochi Metro Rail Limited entrusted MD, KMRL to find alternate funding options for the project as advised by DEA (Department of Economic Affairs). SMS will work out the requirement of land that has to be acquired for this. The State Government had set apart ₹1.58 billion for preliminary works. [28] In 2008 LDF Government under the Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan approved the Kochi Metro rail project in a cabinet meeting held on 2 January 2008 and sent to Central Government for ratification. New Delhi: The government has approved the extension of Phase 1B of the Kochi metro from Ernakulam SN Junction to the Thripunithura railway station.The Rs 350 crore project was approved by the Cabinet on Wednesday this week. [165], The Kochi Metro uses 65-metre long Metropolis train sets built and designed by Alstom. [68] Kadakampally Surendran who is the current Minister for Devaswom, Tourism and Co-Operation declared that the inauguration of Kochi Metro Train service is expected to occur on 30 May 2017[69], On 21 February 2014, the Kerala High Court expressed its displeasure over the failure of the Kochi Corporation to finalise the final alignment of the proposed rail over bridge (ROB) at Pachalam submitted by the Roads and Bridges Development Corporation. Kochi Metro Phase 3: In phase 3 of kochi metro route will be extended from Aluva to Cochin International Airport which will be having 19.9 km approximately with 14 new metro stations. [178] The ₹750 crore (equivalent to ₹964 crore or US$140 million in 2019) contract was re-tendered on 10 March 2014,[179] and the coach width requirement was changed. Amidst the pandemic, phase 1 of Kochi Metro became fully operational with the inauguration of the Thykoodam – Petta stretch on September 5. Cochin University, Edapally, Changampuzha Park, Palarivattom, J. L. N. Stadium, Kaloor, Town Hall, MG Road. [112] However, the saplings planted at the HMT land near Kalamassery died due to a lack of proper care. Airport authorities had requested that the State Government build the metro link in the second phase, but the government decided to take it up in the third phase instead. The minimum fare of ₹10 applies for the first 2 km, with rates increasing by ₹10 for subsequent fare zone. Amidst the pandemic, phase 1 of Kochi Metro became fully operational with the inauguration of the Thykoodam – Petta stretch on September 5. ... the stations will reflect an independent adaptation of the state's culture to give it a distinct look". All stations utilize LED lighting and have water efficient fittings in toilets. The project was contracted to Hero Solar Energy (P) Ltd. The Chinese firm did not qualify, leaving only the HYUNDAI consortium in contention. [203][204][205] KMRL stated that it would also hire transgender employees along with Kudumbashree. As part of it, representatives of the French Development Agency (AFD) met the KMRL team as part of their pre-appraisal mission on 18–19 March 2013. On 3 March 2012, KMRL handed over ₹150 million to DMRC for undertaking the preparatory works. Thus, the Kochi metro project became the first metro in the country which connects rail, road and water transport facilities. We will be able to complete the work from Aluva to MG Road in the stipulated time. Metro fares are slightly higher than the fare for Volvo city bus services in Kochi. Buses are currently the major public transportation system in Kochi. [35] On 28 March 2012, at a KMRL board meeting, the decision was taken to entrust the Kochi Metro rail project work to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). KMRL are also planning to build skywalks connecting Ernakulam South station to Ernakulam Junction railway station and Vytilla Station to Vyttila Mobility Hub, once Phase 1 is completed. [190] In January 2015, Alstom won the contract for manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the 750 V third-rail traction electrification and auxiliary substations (ASS) and associated SCADA systems. The original plan was to acquire about 31.9217 hectares of land in Ernakulam, Elamkulam, Poonithura, Thrikkakara North, Edappally South and Aluva West. Then Managing Director of KMRL, Tom Jose said, "Now we will sit down with our valued partner, DMRC, and chalk out the way forward, obtaining advice and guidance from former DMRC Chief, E Sreedharan. It is believed that Jose's differences with Sreedharan led to the decision. Similarly, OPPO bagged the naming rights for Edapally and MG Road stations. DMRC MD E. Sreedharan said he would not be interested in participating unless the DMRC was involved. The Kochi Metro is a mass rapid transit system serving the city of Kochi in Kerala, India. [36][37] On 3 July 2012, Union Government gave final clearance to the project.