The Kochi Metro Rail service is almost ready for its odyssey after getting clearance from Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) on Monday.
A team led by CMRS commissioner KA Manoharan carried out inspections and sent a report to Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) stating the metro service is fit for commercial operations. “This is one of the fastest clearance given by CMRS for any metro system in the country,” a KMRL official was quoted as saying by a report.
Now, the service trials are expected to last for a month will be conducted.
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Moreover, the KMRL has to complete various passenger amenities and interior works before starting the commercial operations.
DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) had handed over Aluva (Bypass) -Palarivattom (13.20 km) stretch of the metro to KMRL. There are 11 stations in this route.
The Kochi Metro Rail project corridor has a total length of 25.612 KM with 22 stations.
KMRL was incorporated five years ago with a vision “to build an integrated public transport system that enhances quality of life for the citizens.”
KMRL claims that once operational, it will become the first metro system in the country to employ Transgenders for managing station operations.
KMRL will also have the largest women crew in any metro once it deploys members of ‘Kudumbashree’ women self-help group for managing station operations.