Kochi is the first one among the tier-2 cities in the country that have been allotted a metro project under a scheme of the Union Government. The Kochi Metro Rail project began on 13 September 2012, when Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the project. The Chief Minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy, inaugurated the construction work of the Kochi Metro Rail project at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on 7 June 2013. The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is working in collaboration with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the completion of the project on time. The construction of the first phase of the project is underway with an estimated cost of Rs. 5181.79 crore and is expected to be completed by June 2016.
Below mentioned are the stations covered under the metro project:
Aluva - Pulinchodu - Companypady - Ambattukavu - Muttom - Kalamassery - Cochin University - Pathadipalam - Edapally - Changampuzha Park - Palarivatom - JL N Stadium - Kaloor - Lissie - M.G Road - Maharaja's College - Ernakulam south - Kadavanthra - Elamkulam - Vytila - Thykkoodam - Petta
Metro extended till Tripunithura
On 27 January 2014, the Kochi Metro Rail project was extended from Petta to Tripunithura. The route was extended for a stretch of 2 km and will incur a cost of Rs. 323 crore. After the extension, the metro will have two more stations - Alliance Junction and SN Junction. The construction of this extended route will be completed within few months once the Aluva-Petta alignment gets commission.
Some Features of the Kochi Metro:
- The sitting capacity of the train will be 140 passengers and the carrying capacity will be 975 passengers.
- There will be automatic fare collection system with a combination of smart card and computerized paper tickets.
- The metro train fares will range from Rs. 15 to Rs. 30.
Video on Kochi Metro's Official Test Run
Last Updated on : 24 April 2015