Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is credited for conceiving Kochi Metro Project first in 2005, when he was the chief minister of Kerala. But later it went into void, only to return to full swing when he assumed office in 2011. Kochi Metro Project is implemented on a joint venture basis, with investments by the Central and State Government.
Construction work on the Kochi Metro rail project began on 7 June 2013. The first phase of the project is being set up at an estimated cost of 5181 crore and is expected to be completed by 7 June 2016. The entire project is being managed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) with its principal advisor E Sreedharan overseeing it. The central government’s share of funds in the project is about Rs. 1,000 crore, and the rest is coming from loans the state government has availed from funding agencies like Canara Bank.
E Sreedharan said on March, 2014 that the commissioning of the Kochi Metro would be delayed stating, owing to delays in land acquisition, the work on Metro rail can only be completed partially within the stipulated time. But, Kochi Metro MD Elias George told that they are working overtime to ensure that all things fall into place. KMRL approved the extension of the metro to Tripunithura on 27 January 2014.
KMRL has proposed an elevated route spanning 25.253 km from Aluva to Petta with 23 stations. There will be 17 sharp curves along the route; the sharpest curve will have a radius of 120 metres
The Kochi Metro uses 65 metre long Metropolis train sets built and designed by Alstom. Coaches will be 3.90 metres tall, 2.70 metres in width, and each train of three coaches will be 65 metres in length. The platforms at each station will be 70 metres long. A total of 22 trains will be inducted for the first phase of operations of the metro. The capacity of each train is 975 passengers.
CM Oommen Chandy is desired to have the trial run conducted as the assembly polls are likely to be held in April/May 2016 and he wishes to list this as one of his major achievements while approaching the people.
Kochi Metro Project – History
- Meeting with Stakeholders – April, 2012
- Union Cabinet approved Kochi Metro Project – July, 2012
- E Sreedharan was appointed as principal advisor to Kochi Metro – July, 2012
- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid foundation stone – September, 2012
- Kochi Metro Board gave approval for the Project – April, 2013
- Infrastructure work started – June, 2013
- Manufacturing of Kochi Metro coaches started at Alstom in Sri City – March, 2015
- First set of coaches heading towards Kochi from Sri City – January, 2016
- Trial run of Kochi Metro – February, 2016
- Expected completion of project – June, 2016