Kochi: Kochi Metro has extended service to Thaikkudam from Maharaja’s College. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the new service on Tuesday. The extension of metro service will help the public skip the traffic block in the city.
With the new service, Kochi Metro will cover five stations within 5.65 kilometres.
Apart from the inauguration of the new service, the Chief Minister will inaugurate the construction of the extension to SN junction from Petta on Tuesday at 11 in the morning.
The extension of Metro to Thaikkudam will complete the distance of 25 kilometres planned earlier in the first phase. This means, a distance of 1.15 kilometres is yet to be completed. Kochi Metro authority expressed hope that the service to Petta will commence from February 2020.
Kochi Metro construction started on June 7, 2013. Within 4 years, Kochi metro service commenced to Palarivattom by covering 13.2 kilometeres on June 17, 2017. In the same year, the service was extended to Maharaja’s College covering a distance of 5 kms.
At present, metro covers 21 stations in the city. The new station in Thaikkudam will ease the commutation problem of more passengers as the station is close to South railway station and Vyttila mobility hub.
Hence, Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) authority hopes that the new service will increase the revenue too. A passenger can travel from Aluva to Thaikkudam within 44 minutes by metro. At the same time, in the initial phase of the service, the train may be delayed for 10 minutes. But compared to the traffic block on road, the delay will not affect the passengers.
The ticket rate is fixed at Rs 60 for a ride from Aluva to Thaikkudam. KMRL has offered special offers including 50 percent discount in the ticket rate for the first two weeks of the service.
Meanwhile, construction of boat jetty for Kochi’s ambitious water metro project will commence on Tuesday.
KMRL has planned to extend the service to Kakkanad and Angamaly in the next phase. Kochi Metro has become a blessing for the people as the best option to skip the traffic block.