Hundreds ride on Kochi Metro on Day 1 of commercial operations

Monday, Jun 19, 2017,11:34 IST By joji A A A

Kochi |Kochi Metro, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, started commercial operations Monday.

Hundreds of passengers lined up in queue in the morning, mainly at Palarivattom Metro station, to make their maiden trip on the new transportation system. However, heavy rush of passengers was not reported anywhere on the Metro rail route, especially later in the day.

Confusion at boarding points also was reported.

KMRC Managing Director Elias George travelled on board the metro train Monday morning from Palarivattom to Aluva.

The trains will start from Aluva and Palarivattom from 6 AM simultaneously and finish the day’s ride at 10 PM at Aluva.

The headway would be 8.20 minutes and there would be 219 trips between 6 AM and 10 PM from Monday.

Kochi Metro Rail Limited is a 50:50 Joint Venture of Government of India and Government of Kerala.

The first phase inaugurated Saturrday operates from Aluva to Palarivattom and covers 13.26 km and 11 stations.

In his inaugural speech, the Prime Minister had hailed the special features of the Kochi Metro.

It is the first metro project to be commissioned with a modern signalling system called the “Communication-Based Train Control Signalling system.”

The coaches reflect the “Make in India” vision. They have been built by Alstom of France, at their factory near Chennai, and have an Indian component of around seventy per cent.