Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Kochi Metro

Imagine getting into a colourful station and taking in the ambiance while waiting for your ticket. 

The Kochi Metro has finally arrived. Elias George, the former MD of KMRL has made it all happen. It has many firsts to its credit, one of them being that they honoured about 800 construction workers with a Sadhya (meal on banana leaf) before the inauguration. All these workers are from North India, namely Bihar, Bengal and Assam.
Travelled by the Metro last week and was impressed by the efficiency of the staff.  

The first leg covers 13 kilometers consisting of eleven stations. This is again a first as no Metro had done a trial run for 13 kms. Later this will be extended to 22 stations from Aluva to Petta. 

The minimum fare in this sector is Rs 10 and the maximum Rs 40.

I like the murals at the stations. Each station has a different drawing which has got something to do with the local area. 

At Palarivattom station I saw these pictures of some unique flowers with the names given in English and Malayalam.

I noticed that most of the commuters were there for a joy ride and there were some school kids too with parents. 

Plastic bottle recycling machine is installed in one station and will be gradually added in all the stations.
Another first is the employment of 23 Transgender by a government company.
Some other features of the metro was the presence of points where you can speak to the driver in case of an emergency. 

Even though it runs through the city, one can't miss the greenery all around.

Some of the metro pillars have vertical garden which will use recycled municipal waste. 

The Kochi metro is proud to give equal opportunity to both genders by employing nearly 1000 women, of which 7 will be behind the wheel and serve as loco pilots.  
Another first is the record collection of Rs 1.77 crore in the first week.
I made a one min film with the pictures/videos that I captured during my maiden journey.


Blogoratti said...

Lovely art and murals and its great to have a new metro to ease transportation. Nice photos and greetings!

Liz A. said...

Love the murals.

DUTA said...

Congrats on the inauguration of the Kochi Metro!
The Metro is a big step forward in changing urban transportation system.
I like your pictures and the video taken inside the Metro.

Andrew said...

What a great project and it was thought through to the very end and finished very well.


ये तो दिल्ली मैट्रो से भी शानदार लग रही है।

kaykuala said...

It's great! A satisfaction in experiencing modern transportation so efficient and contemporary. We've recently opened our first leg of our new MRT line to be followed by the next phase on July 17, 2017 (making a total of a 25kms stretch)

Our earlier LRT line connecting further locations (than the MRT) around Kuala Lumpur was opened in 1998 in time for the Commonwealth Games!


Anonymous said...

Another milestone on the path to progress.
Very well documented - Aditya Titus.

Shoyeb Shaikh said...

This journey of Metro reminds me of Bangalore. Five years from now. We had gone to meet our newly wed daughter. That specially my son in law had asked us to have joy ride in Metro train. We had gone to M G road for shopping. Now my daughter is in Philadelphia America.
Very edited. Keep it up Joe.

Sujatha Sathya said...

Commendable ! The employment of transgenders, equal opportunity for women, those distinct and unique murals, the points to speak to the driver....thanks for sharing this post. Very informative.

Pixel Peeper said...

I love it when art and beauty combine with function! Very nice video, and your photos are wonderful!

Barbara Fisher said...

I love the murals, and everything looks shiny and bright. I would love to take a ride on that metro.

Loco mente said...

I am so looking forward to take the metro someday... The stations looks clean and the murals are brilliant. I wish that people dont spoil them... And, the employment opportunities for the 3rd gender is commendable. I mean who are we to deny their freedom to live.

Thanks for sharing this.

sage said...

I like the idea of murals and art in stations... The inter-ring of the Moscow Subway have classic artwork that is amazing.

Karen Xavier said...

Wow, this is rather impressive. I hope it stays this way... clean and efficient. Nice pictures... love the vertical garden.

Sunil Dahake said...

I liked the employment idea and beauty of stations. Eagerly waiting metro to happen in Pune.

Lowcarb team member said...

I think those murals look great, so colourful.

All the best Jan

Aaron Wilson said...

It is really great. I love the new metro and it is so colorful. It will also help for solution for sales productivity. Thank you so much for sharing it with us and it is really quite much interesting.

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Anonymous said...

Pink car must for Ladies in Kochi
No one is talking about average per day ridership and its financial implications. KMRL is reporting a loss of ₹18 lakhs per day. Kerala is not rich enough to support these mega infra called metro. I think