Kochi Water Metro in Progress: Targets to Start Journey in January 2021
By: Ashwathy Nair
With the target to commence its first journey from January 2021, the construction work on the much-awaited project of Kerala’s Kochi Water Metro is progressing well. The Kochi Metro Rail Ltd is performing the construction work.
The construction of terminals at Vyttila, Kakkanad, High Court Junction, Vypin, Cheranalloor and Eloor has started. Meanwhile, the affectionate process for the terminals at Bolgatti, Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, Kadamakudi, Paliam Thuruth, Cheranalloor, South Chittoor, Mulavukadu North and Ernakulam Ferry has been completed.
(SOURCE: economic times)
A world-class terminal is being built in Kochi Water Metro that is similar to the Kochi Metro Rail stations. The facilities for ticketing and entry/exit arrangements will also be similar to it.
Special facilities for people with disability will be provided to them in order to travel without any problem. The boat jetties are being constructed in a way that they can float on the water as per the water level. At the time of high/low tides, this will help to avoid the difficulty of accessing the boat. The boats are designed in a way that it can be able to carry three wheelchairs at a time.
In December 2020, the first boat built by the Kochi Shipyard will be handed over to Kochi Water Metro. It can carry 100 passengers and another four boats are expected to be completed and handed over by March 2021. A number of 23 boats will be there, which will carry a capacity of 100 passengers and 55 boats that will carry a capacity of 50 people.
Aluminium is being used for the construction of the boat body. The boatyard will be located at the KINFRA Park that can repair up to eight boats at a time.
Kochi Water Metro will help in resolving the travel hassles and it will also be an attraction to major tourist destinations in the district along with that, it will be a benefit to tourism development in the area.