Changing the face of Kochi’s infrastructure and paving way to unprecedented growth, Kochi Metro Rail Phase 1 opens to the public in May
Words: Fathima AbdulKader Photos: Various sources
As the epicenter of advancement in the state, Kochi has taken leaps and bounds in the last 5 years and the commencement of the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) work contributed immensely to this. The impending inauguration of the first phase of Kochi Metro is expected to take this advancement to the next level. In addition to making lives easier, Kochi Metro Rail is going to change the infrastructure of the entire city. Multi modal transportation systems, integrated water model transportation, themed stations and a socially inclusive set of employees are the highlights of this multi billion project. KMRL has provided opportunities of employment to transgenders and women from Kudumbashree. Helmed by Elias George as the Chief Executive, the first phase of KMRL covers 25.6Kms within the city and runs from Aluva to Petta, the proposed second phase plans to connect Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to Infopark.
Kochi Metro Phase 1 in Numbers
- 25.6Km Distance
- 23 Stations
- 6 Unique themes
- 10Rs. Minimum Fare
- 975 passengers at a time
- 1st in the country to have city and feeder networks
Showcasing the rich art, culture and literature of the state, Kochi Metro rail stations follow a themed format. The entirety of the Kochi Metro’s designs attempt to highlight the beauty of the Western Ghats, but six of the stations are highlighted and follows particular themes as art, history, sports, maritime, nature. While the main design including floors and entryways has been designed by Egis India, the Indian Institute of Architecture (Kochi Chapter) developed the unique themes of the six highlighted stations.
- Monsoon in the forest
The station at Kalamassery follows the theme of the Western Ghats with greenery and monsoon motifs.
- Tales of Seas and Sailors
The CUSAT station follows the theme of Maritime History of Kerala in honor of the city’s history with voyagers and explorers who have graced its shores.
- Beauty in green
The Aluva station is themed after the natural beauty of the state, featuring natural motifs.
- In keeping with tradition
The station at Changampuzha Park is themed after the rich traditional art forms of the state and feature traditional murals on its walls.
- On the aromatic trail
The metro station at Edapally will follow the most popular export from the state and will follow the theme of spice route.
- Heading for the finish line
Kaloor station will showcase the sports heritage of the state and finally, the station at M.G.Road will focus on the history of Kochi itself.
Multi modal transportation system
KMRL has an integrated multi-modal transportation system that includes a network of buses, taxis, boats, non motorized transport and the metro itself. With the aim of changing the way the people of the city commutes, the initiative attempts to migrate citizens from personal vehicles to public transportation.
- KMRL is the first in the country to feature city and feeder vehicles in addition to Metro. KMRL also aims to introduce buses and taxis that are electric or run on CNG to make it more environmental friendly.
- KMRL has also prepared a plan that identifies priority Non-Motorised Transport(NMT) corridors within a 2Km range of the metro to provide safe, comfortable footpaths that promote cycling, walking etc and also act as the last mile connectivity to the metro stations.
- KMRL is also setting up an integrated water transport project that will function as yet another feeder service to the metro.
“If all goes well, we can transform Kochi into one of the most liveable cities in Asia, as well as a leading global tourism destination by itself, given the city’s unique historical and cultural endowments and lacustrine setting.” As told to FWD Media
– Elias George IAS
Chief Executive, KMRL