The first phase of the much-awaited Kochi Water Metro Project (Vitilah – Eroor – Kakkanad) is fully prepared to start its operations by the end of 2019, with 23 ghats. With the modern, electric air-conditioned Ghats fleet, reducing traffic and pollution and ensuring better infrastructure will give a very important boost to transport network in Kochi.
This massive transportation project, operated by Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL), was conceived for the purpose of linking the suburbs of Greater Kochi located along the mainland of Vembanad Lake along the mainland through several inland water channels. This project is a boon for nearly one lakh people living in the suburbs, which will be easily accessible by ferries in the city. Apart from this, this initiative will also increase the tourism potential of the picturesque backwater areas by bringing more domestic and foreign tourists.
India's first water metro, involves the development of 16 routes in the project, which connects 45 valleys
Spread over 10 islands and the route network of 76 km. These modern, Stair-of-the-art ferries can accommodate up to 100 passengers and operate as a unique feeder system for the existing elevated metro rail line running from the center of Kochi through Thripunithura, the outer suburb of Aluva. will do.
In the following steps, each of the 55 boats with 50 passenger capacity and 23 boats with 110 capacity will start commercial operations. The steel body, aluminum hull and fiber reinforced deck will be equipped with advanced facilities, including ferries, strict security measures and WiFi access. To ensure smooth operation, all waterways will be cleaned and tested for proper anchor. Plans to start water sports and flea market are also closed. The project is being funded with a loan of Rs 102 crore from Kerala government and Rs 576 crore from German Development Bank KFW.