Kochi Water Metro | File Photo: Mathrubhumi
New Delhi: Prime minister Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate the Kochi Water Metro transport service on April 25 along with the flagging off of Kerala’s Vande Bharat Express in Thiruvananthapuram.
As per reports, the first phase construction activities of the Water Metro have come to a close and the prime minister will inaugurate it during his two-day visit to Kerala.
However, information regarding the inaugural venue has not been revealed yet.
Two services have been kept ready for launch in the High Court-Vypeen and Vyttila-Kakkanad corridors after trial runs.
As per reports, Water Metro will have 23 battery-powered electric boats manufactured by Cochin Shipyard
The boats are fully air-conditioned and can accommodate up to 100 passengers. It can be charged in 10-15 minutes. It can reach speeds of up to 10 nautical miles per hour. The first boat was handed over to Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) last year.
A control center at the Vyttila hub will monitor boat activities.
The Kochi Water Metro connects 38 terminals along 76 kilometers with 78 boats. The project is estimated to cost 820 crore. Of this, Rs 760 crore is a loan from Germany’s KfW Development Bank. The Kerala government will contribute ₹102 crore. Such an extensive battery-powered boat service chain is the first of its kind in the world, authorities claimed.