Kochi Metro | KMRL plans running of 1 train every 10 minutes


Kochi: The Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) plans to operate one train in every 10 minutes between Aluva and Maharaja’s College once they begin commercial operations in April, 2017. The metro agency said that during the initial phase they plan to place on track seven sets of trains, each consisting of three cars.

“While six sets of trains keep running, one will be kept as stand by ,” said a KMRL official. So far Alstom, which supplies coaches for the metro, has delivered two sets of trains.

“The third set is expected to arrive this month,” added the source. It is expected that the seventh set of train would be in Kochi by February , 2017.

Each train is about 65 m long and have a capacity to carry up to 975 passengers. In the trial runs conducted between Muttom and Palarivattom the train started at a speed of 10 km hour and finally attained a 90 km hour. The train is expected to cover the 18 km distance from Aluva to Maharaja’s College in 30 minutes at an average speed of 34 km hour.

The metro agency has placed orders for 25 sets of trains with Alstom, and this makes a total of 75 coaches. The first set of train reached Kochi in early January 2016. Earlier it was stated that all coaches would be delivered by April, 2017.

KMRL spokesperson said that they were yet to finalise operation hours and ticket fa res for metro trains. There was a debate on whether the operation hours should be extended to 12 midnight or not.

 “In all probability a final decision would be taken at KMRL’s next board meeting,” the official said. The metro agency said work on ticketing system is progressing fast. The designing of cards are now complete.
However, some officials with Kochi Metro expressed concern over the possible delay in delivery of trains for the first stage operation.They said that each train has to be tested.
“Though it is possible to test the coaches at the test track at Muttom yard, there is a need to conduct integrated trial runs using each set of train. Any delay in the trains reaching the city could disrupt the schedule,” said a Kochi Metro official.
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