Kochi Metro marks 7th anniversary on June 17; average daily ridership nears one lakh

According to reports over 10 crore people have travelled on the metro since its inception.
Mehboob Memorial Orchestra performing gazal as part of Kochi Metro’s 7th-anniversary celebrations at High Court water metro terminal on Sunday
Mehboob Memorial Orchestra performing gazal as part of Kochi Metro’s 7th-anniversary celebrations at High Court water metro terminal on Sunday Photo | T P Sooraj

KOCHI: The seventh anniversary of Kochi Metro, which falls on Monday, marks a significant milestone for the company, at a time when it has completed the 28km-long phase 1 corridor from Aluva to Tripunithura, covering a total of 25 stations. Work on the phase 2 corridor is expected to be completed within 18 months, once the tender is awarded by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which has offered a loan for the project.

Over the years, Kochi Metro has developed itself into the lifeline of the city. Construction work on the first phase began in June 2013. The 13.4km section of the line from Aluva to Palarivattom, consisting of 11 stations, was opened to passengers on June 17, 2017, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also inaugurated the last stretch of phase 1, between SN Junction and Tripunithura on March 6 this year.

The number of daily commuters is approaching one lakh. “At present, on average of over 90,000 people travel on the metro every day. In May this year, average daily passenger ridership was 99,000 and for around 14 days the number crossed 1 lakh,” a KMRL official said.

According to KMRL reports, over 10 crore people have travelled on the metro since its inception. Of this, 3.11 crore people used the service in 2023.

The tender for phase 2, fromJLN Stadium to Infopark, known as Pink Line, is under review and may likely be awarded to Afcons Infrastructure Ltd, which has made the lowest bid.

Mehboob Memorial Orchestra performing gazal as part of Kochi Metro’s 7th-anniversary celebrations at High Court water metro terminal on Sunday
Work on Kochi metro expansion to Kakkanad gathers pace

“Work on entry/exit of five stations in the phase 2 corridor has begun. Test pile work on the stretch is expected to begin next month. Arrangements for a loan from AIIB have also been completed. Once the construction starts, the 11.2 km pink line is targeted to be completed within 18 months,” the KMRL official said. Of the 11 stations on the Pink Line, 10 are to be constructed. Land acquisition work has been completed for the station space.

The construction cost of the Kochi metro second phase is expected to be Rs 1,957.05 crore with equal participation by the central and state governments. The government of Kerala has accorded administrative sanction amounting to Rs 356.21 crore for preparatory work.

Anniversary celebrations

As part of the anniversary, KMRL is organising cultural programmes including ganamela, food festival, music bands, painting and quiz, technical seminars till June 29.

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