Kochi Metro, the much-awaited urban transport service has come into existence on 17th June 2017. It is a cherishing moment for all Malayalies. Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala has an improving urban mobility quotient. This Metro service is inevitable for its development.
Kochi is the eighth city in India with inter-city metro rail service, which spans 25 km across 23 stations. The 13 km long, first Phase of the metro project is completed with 11 stations from Palarivattom to Aluva.
How unique is Kochi Metro from others?
The first phase of Kochi Metro, which is about 13 km, is commissioned in a very short span of 45 months comparing the other metro services across the country. It is considered as the longest first phase of all the metro rail services of our country.
There will be a vertical garden in every 6th pillar of the 4000 metro pillars which shows the eco-friendliness. Moreover, Kochi Metro becomes the first metro service in India to utilize solar power to meet 1/4th of its electricity needs. Every metro station is having solar panels, which can generate 2.3 MW. Kochi Metro is using Communication Based Train Control technology for a flawless service, which is considered as the first of its kind.
Every station of Kochi Metro is a theme based which depicts the maritime history of Kerala; local history of the city and it offers free Wi-Fi. All the coaches of the Kochi Metro are disabled friendly and reserve seats for women, children and disabled persons. 80% of the total employees are women and it offers employment to the transgenders.