Kochi Metro begins service trial today, PM Modi’s dates being worked out for inauguration

The metro train project in Kochi is the first in Kerala and will span 13 kilometres in the first phase from Aluva to Palarivattom.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 10, 2017 12:09 pm
The coaches for the train were ‘made in India’ by Alstom, a French company at the Sri City facility in Andhra Pradesh (Image courtesy: KMRL)

The final service trial run of the Kochi Metro began earlier Wednesday paving way for commercial operations to begin soon. The trials have begun after the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety gave clearance certificate to Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL), that helms the project, and considered to be the fastest to get safety clearance compared to other metro projects in the country. The metro’s inauguration has not been announced keeping in mind prime minister Narendra Modi’s dates, said a KMRL official.

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The metro train project in Kochi is the first in Kerala and will span 13 kilometres in the first phase from Aluva to Palarivattom. Fourteen more stations will come up in the second phase in which the train will further travel to Thripunithura coursing through some of the busiest intersections in the city. Extensions to the international airport in Nedumbassery, that falls outside city limits, and to Kakkanad, home to several IT firms, are also planned in subsequent phases. The project, which has seen five years to see the light of day, will significantly cut travel time for a commuter within the city and will solve larger traffic and pollution problems in Kochi. The metro will also be an integration platform with the ferry and bus systems to provide seamless travel options for residents.

The metro trial run began at 6 am from Aluva and will conclude at 9:30 pm today. Four rakes of trains will make a total of 142 trips through the day and will stop at every station to test signal and safety limits.

The metro project was expected to be thrown open to the public on November 1 last year, the day of formation of Kerala. But the deadline could not be met. The project, built on a PPP model between the state and the Centre, had DMRC as the implementation agency and E Sreedharan as the principal advisor to the DMRC. The coaches for the train were ‘made in India’ by Alstom, a French company at the Sri City facility in Andhra Pradesh.

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    Mitts.Modi
    May 10, 2017 at 4:52 pm
    Why don't Modi deviate from the filthy tradition of inaugurating such stupid things as metro rail or for that matter anything else? Why Modi is following the Congress policies of projecting the PM as an I d I o t. Even Narasimha Rao never indulged in such cheap populist gimmicks. PM's office is more tending to become Presidents office.
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      mtv
      May 10, 2017 at 2:07 pm
      Let more and more good development news come from all over Kerala and India at large, instead of daily dose of bad and divisive news. Let us hope to have metros and airports in all major cities. Jai Hind!
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        Main hoon
        May 10, 2017 at 12:06 pm
        Kudos! Given Kerala's unique geography and population density coupled with their linear spread it will be feasible for the metro project to be implemented throughout the state. As the people have the economic means, this would make it a successful venture. Hope to see metros coming up linking Calicat, Trivandrum, Angamaly, Chalakudy, Thrissur, Kannur rigt up to the foothills of western ghats.. given the paucity for land for road widening,, this is a solution
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          Tushar
          May 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm
          High speed train is n planning .hope to see positive response from the central government soon
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            mtv
            May 10, 2017 at 2:08 pm
            Fully agree.
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