The final service trial run of the Kochi Metro finished today. 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 date has been expected to announce soon after getting a green signal from PM’s office.
The metro train project in Kochi is the first in Kerala and will span 13 kilometers 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, which falls outside city limits, and to Kakkanad, home to several IT firms, are also planned in the initial phases.
The project took five years to see the light of day, will significantly cut travel time for the public within the city and expect to solve larger traffic and pollution problems in Kochi. The metro will also be a connected platform with the ferry and bus systems to provide travel options for residents.
The metro trial run began at 6 am from Aluva and will conclude at 9:30 pm today. Four trains will make a total of 142 trips through the day and will stop at every station to check the signal and safety limits.