Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched India's first water metro in Kochi, Kerala. This new mode of transportation will connect 10 islands around the city using battery-operated electric hybrid boats. The water metro is set to revolutionize transportation in the region.
The Managing Director of Kochi Metro Rail Ltd told News Agency ANI, “Kochi's water metro project is a unique project which will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister. This is a game-changing transport system because Kochi is surrounded by many islands and out of them 10 islands are very important and thickly populated.”
According to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the new water metro in Kochi will not only provide a sustainable mode of transportation but also boost the state's tourism. The metro is expected to attract many tourists and provide them with a unique experience of exploring the city's scenic waterways.
Kochi's water metro project, which will connect 10 islands through a network of 78 electric boats, has been funded by the Kerala government and German firm KfW. The boats have been manufactured by Cochin Shipyard Limited, with a total of 38 terminals spread across the region.
All about Kochi Metro
- Kochi's water metro is connected to 10 islands around the port city, with the first phase of service starting from the High Court-Vypin terminal to Vyttila-Kakkanad terminal. This will provide an efficient mode of transportation for the locals and tourists visiting the region.
- Travellers can enjoy a hassle-free experience on Kochi's water metro using the 'Kochi 1' card or booking tickets online.
- Kochi's water metro offers a stress-free way to travel, with passengers reaching Vypin terminal from the High Court terminal in just 20 minutes, and from Vypin to Kakkanad in 25 minutes.
- The Kochi water metro project, valued at INR 747 crores, has identified 15 routes connecting islands spanning 78 km.
- Minimum price: INR 20
- Maximum price: 40
Passengers can also choose from a range of Weekly and Monthly Passes for Kochi Water Metro. Regular passengers of the Kochi water metro can choose from a range of weekly and monthly passes, starting from INR 180 and going up to INR 1,500. These passes offer a cost-effective way to commute on the water metro.