KOCHI (Metro Rail News): Kochi Metro Rail Ltd has got permission from the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) to operate services on the freshly finished Thykoodam-Pettah stretch.
on Tuesday a 5 member team headed by K. Manoharan inspected the 1.33 km corridor and the Pettah station, following that the permission certificate was declared.
KMRL has been serving services up to Thykoodam since Sept 2019. The extension of operation to Pettah signals the fulfilment of the 1st phase of Kochi metro, a distance of 25 km from Aluva.
Trains include the distance in 45 mins, where the fare ranges from Rs 10 – Rs 60. MD of KMRL Alkesh Kumar Sharma said that the viaduct and the station had been closed in March.
The investigation was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We would resume operations on the complete route as soon as we receive the govt nod.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which readied the DPR and was the project consultant, began work on the Rs 5,181 cr MRTS in Sept 2012 after then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh placed its foundation stone.
The 12 km stretch of Aluva to Palarivattom was commissioned in June 2017 where the stretch up to the Maharaja’s College Ground was commissioned in October in the same year.
The team headed by the CMRS examined civil structures such as pile foundation, piers, girders, special bridges, & steel bridges, apart from many design aspects & tracks in either direction, on Wednesday. They also checked escalators and lifts, fire hydrants and a fire fighting system at the Pettah station.