Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate India’s first Water Metro in Kerala’s Kochi on April 25, in a bid to boost the ease of living in the cities, officials said on Sunday. The unique urban mass transit system has the same experience and ease of travel as the conventional metro system.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate India’s first Water Metro in Kerala’s Kochi today, in a bid to boost the ease of living in the cities.
- The long-awaited project will provide connectivity, and a safe and affordable travel experience for people in and around Kochi. The Water Metro will also help in boosting tourism.
- According to BQ Prime, the Water Metro will connect 10 islands surrounding and within the port city. The two terminals will be High Court-Vypin and Vyttila-Kakkanad.
- The price slots have been devised keeping in mind the convenience of the commuters. It will start from ₹ 20 and go up to ₹ 40 for a trip. Regular commuters will be able to get travel passes – weekly for ₹ 180, monthly for ₹ 600 and quarterly for ₹ 1,500, the outlet further said. The tickets can be purchased at the ticket windows located at the terminals as well as through a mobile QR code.
- The Kochi Water Metro Project has been implemented at a cost of ₹ 1,137 crore with the financial assistance of German Bank, KFW. The Cochin Shipyard Limited is the manufacturer of the metro project.
- Kochi Water Metro will start operations with eight electric hybrid boats, according to BQ Prime.