Top 20 Facts About the New Kochi Metro
INDIA – Kochi, a major city in the southwestern state of Kerala and nicknamed the “Queen of the Arabian Sea” has just got a new metro with the 13.2km of Phase 1 now complete.
Here are our top 20 facts about the Kochi Metro project:
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new metro system on 17 June 2017, cutting the ribbon at Palarivattom Station before riding to Pathadippalam.
- It is the first metro in India to use CBTC – communications-based train control – which allows higher capacity of trains travelling on the line at any given time. The CBTC used here is the Alstom Urbalis 400 system.
- The Kochi metro is India’s first multimodal system: there is to be a ‘water metro’ designed to be a feeder service to the rail system. Kochi has ten islands that will be serviced by this water metro that is scheduled to be operational before 2019.
- The rolling stock for the project was delivered by Alstom and wholly designed (Bangalore) and made (Sri City) in India.
- The Alstom Metropolis trains have 136 seats.