More than 50,000 use Kochi Metro per day; highest since Covid lockdown
Kochi: The number of passengers availing the Kochi Metro crossed 50,000 on Saturday. This is the highest increase in a day of travel on the Kochi Metro, which resumed service after the Covid lockdown. On Saturday, 50,233 people travelled on the metro. Before covid, more than 65,000 people used to travel daily by metro. The highest number of daily passengers so far has been recorded on June 19, 2018, with 1.56 lakh people.
With the resumption of service after covid and the subsequent lockdown, the number of passengers using the metro gradually increased, despite an earlier slump. After the initial lockdown, the average number of people using the metro service was 18,361 per day, but after the second lockdown, it was increased to 26,043. By November, the number of daily passengers had reached 41,648.
To attract more people, more and more feeder services have been launched by KMRL to take passengers to their destinations from various stations. Further, fares have been reduced, various events have been organized at stations and free fares on special days have helped to increase the number of passengers day by day.
On the Armed Forces Flag Day, members of the Defense Forces and retirees can travel free and the rest were offered a 50 percent concession.