Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has entrusted CDM Smith to carry out detailed surveys for forecasting reduction of carbon emissions along the Metro alignment area from 2018 to 2048. According to KMRL authorities, the survey by CDM Smith, which is a consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm, will help them get a clear idea about the probable reduction in the number of cars, two wheelers and other vehicles once the Kochi Metro Rail commences its services. If the number of private vehicles decreases after the introduction of the Metro, the KMRL will get carbon credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and thereby reducing pollution levels in the city.
According to an official spokesperson of KMRL, CDM Smith is also conducting a study on the projection of revenue patterns and thereby recognizing suitable funding for the project.
The scope of work also includes a study about a multimodal integrated approach with buses, boats, and autorickshaws. Further, the agency will also conduct a study on the integrated ticketing linked with metro development.
Meanwhile, construction work of the Kochi Metro Rail is progressing along with the preparatory works. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Kerala Road Fund Board and National Highway authority of India Limited will soon sign an agreement regarding the flyover to be constructed at Vyttila. The district administration is expected to start land acquisition procedures soon and the 4(1) notification is likely to be issued by the end of this month.