Exclusive interview of APM Mohammad Hanish, Managing Director, Kochi Metro

The solar energy vision is envisaging achieving energy independence or energy neutrality up to 40% of the annual energy consumption by Dec 2019.

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APM Mohammad Hanish
APM Mohammad Hanish, Managing Director, Kochi Metro

Mr. Mohammad Hanish is an IAS officer of 1996 Batch. Who got worked in the Kerala cadre with different positions like District Collector, Director of School Education Department, secretary PWD & Urban Development, Secretary received the state E-Governance Award instituted by the Govt. of Kerala for the initiatives taken in Education Department. Recently, Metro Rail News has conducted an interview with IAS APM Mohammed Hanish, Managing Director of Kochi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. Here are excerpts:

1. Express your feelings on completion of one-year services, what are achievements you made within a year?

Kochi Metro has completed one year of operations and we are very much happy about the present state of affairs. We have a daily average ridership of around 35000 and have secured 43.5crore as non-fare box revenue so far.

KMRL is also slowly getting sustainability in the energy conservation through Solar Energy. Presently we have the capacity of 2.670 MWp has commissioned until May 2018. The plant has generated the solar energy of 28,22 Lakh cumulative units until September 2018. The solar energy generation for the month of September 2018 stands at 2.7 lakh units.

KMRL has set up plastic bottles the recycling in three of our metro stations. We have started free bicycle sharing project in connection with all metro stations from Edappally to Maharajas as part of our NMT initiative

2. What is the step KMRL has taken for environment safety and utilization of solar energy?

A capacity of 2.670 MWp has been commissioned up to May 2018. The plant has generated the solar energy of 17.66 Lakh cumulative units until April 2018. The solar energy generation for the month of April 2018 stands at 2.5 lakh units.

Presently, the annual energy requirement of KMRL stands at 20 Million units. The enhanced capacity of 2.670MWp is capable of providing about 19% of the annual energy requirement.

Ground Mount: The plant, once commissioned will be able to generate about 8700 KWh (units) per day, which is about 3.2 Million units per annum. This will improve the share of solar power to 35% of the present total energy consumption of KMRL.

The solar energy vision is envisaging achieving energy independence or energy neutrality up to 40% of the annual energy consumption by Dec 2019. It is aimed to install a solar plant at further Six stations and associated buildings, so as to achieve the above goal.

3. How does KMRL, the connection of Metro to rail and as well as to water transportation facilities managed? Which one of the unique features Kochi metro?

Kochi is a city, surrounded by water and when we talk about integrating multi-modal transportation and making public transport a preferred mode of transport KMRL had to address the issue of connecting with islands around the city too. Though we have an existing water transport system, it is not robust and reliable. That is why KMRL decided to venture into water transport too.

The integrated water transport project executed by KMRL is expected to cover 15 routes, 76-route km with 78 boats covering 45 terminals. More than 100,000 islanders are expected to benefit from the Water Metro.

For the complete interview, please read our Metro Rail News Magazine November issue.

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