Metro Service Extended to Heart of Kochi

Kochi: The Kochi Metro has rolled into MG Road, the Central business district of the city on Tuesday. Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Chief Minister, flagged off the Metro rail services, which has been extended up to Maharaja’s College Ground. Speaking at the function, Vijayan said the extension of services from Palarivattom to MG Road would help resolve traffic congestion along the stretch. “At present, 30,000 commuters are using Kochi metro on a daily basis. With extension to MG Road, more passengers will utilise the services. This will reduce the congestion on the stretch,” he said.

On extending the services to Tripunithura, the Chief Minister said that the works would be completed in a time-bound manner. “We hope to complete the Metro stretch up to Tripunithura in a time-bound manner. In the next stage, the Metro will be extended to Kakkanad. We can also consider extending the Metro to Angamaly and Nedumbassery,” the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister further said that the completion of Water Metro project, introduction of CNG buses and other amenities would create world-class connectivity in Kochi. Talks are going on with the Centre over the proposed Light Metro project in Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram, he added.

Pinarayi Vijayan added that KMRL would develop major junctions, including Aluva and Edappally, in the first reach of Kochi Metro Rail. The junction development plan includes beautification of the area, modernization of footpaths, walkways and construction of dedicated pedestrian zones. The landscaping will also be done in selected areas.
The total length of Aluva-Maharaja’s stretch is 18. 5 km. The ticket fare is Rs. 50 from Aluva to MG Road.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Urban Development; ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, among other dignitaries, attended the function.

KMRL Ties up with Varkala Municipality

The Kochi Metro Rail Limited’s (KMRL) has tied up with Varkala Municipality for procuring 1,000 tonnes of waste every year to help it set up vertical gardens at every sixth Kochi metro pillar and median. Earlier, the Kochi Corporation had turned down KMRL’s request for compost generated from solid waste. “The municipality will also pay Rs. 5 for taking 1 kg of garbage. We are also holding talks with other municipalities so as to meet the annual requirement of 4,500 tonnes of solid waste,” said a senior Metro official. “A private firm has been identified for the waste treatment process and the manure thereof will be used to grow ornamental and flowering plants along the pillars and medians. The eco-friendly project has been included in the Centre’s Suchitwa Mission,” he added.