Kochi, India (Metro Rail Today): The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) Abhay Kumar Rai has given permission to commence services through the new metro rail constructed from Pettah to SN Junction under Phase 1A of the Kochi Metro Rail Project.
The CMRS has recently carried out a three-day safety inspection of the section from June 9-11, 2022 in Kochi. During their three days visit, the CMRS team inspected everything like the viaduct, rails/tracks, third rail, elevators, escalators, fire fighting system, Alstom signaling & train-control system, control room and passenger facilities at Vadakkekotta and SN Junction stations.
After satisfaction, the commissioner has issued an approval letter to Kochi Metro Rail Ltd to open metro services on a 1.8 km stretch linking Pettah and SN Junction. Kochi Metro has recently completed five years of metro services in Kochi.
Kochi Metro has set the target of achieving 1 lakh daily footfall on Corridor 1 by December 2022. The new metro stretch has been constructed by KEC-CCECC JV through a Rs 299.87 crore civil contract awarded in October 2019 for a Package KAC-2 under the supervision of Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL). However, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had overseen the construction of the metro rail stretch from Aluva to Pettah.
Now Kochi Metro has decided to begin works on extending the metro to the Thruppunithura terminal next year. The 1.8 km elevated stretch between Pettah- SN Junction will have only two stations at Vadakkekotta and SN Junction. The station building at Vadakkekotta will be the largest station of this metro rail corridor with a 4.3 lakh square feet area.
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