KOCHI (Metro Rail News): Kochi metro has been witnessing a steady rise in passengers since its resumption of revenue services from 7th of Sept 2020.
“From a figure of 4408 passengers on the First day, it has reached a ridership figure of 25162 on 09th Jan 2021. The cumulative ridership from 07.09.2020 to 13.01.2021 stands at 16.90 Lakhs”, it said in a statement.
As part of providing the first and last mile connectivity, Feeder auto services have started its operations in various metro stations and Feeder bus services were introduced between Kalamassery & Kakkanad. Airport feeder services ‘Pawandoot’ from ALUVA is resumed to make hassle-free connectivity to air travellers. Another initiative taken by KMRL is to Allow passengers to carry bicycles in metro trains, which facilitated cycle lovers to have an end to end solution for their travel needs, which was appreciated widely.
“KMRL during the post COVID period has followed all the Government Guidelines and taken steps to ensure safety of the passengers. KMRL has started mass communication and contract program with the passengers thorugh telephone, emails and telecalls to passengers to enhance the awareness regarding various safety measures taken at stations & trains and to encourage the travel in metro”, it said.
“KMRL has taken effective and intensive steps in scrupulously following the safety guidelines issued by Government and the Standard Operating procedures issued for Metros by the Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs. The efforts have paid back by the passengers which resulted in multi-fold increase in the ridership in these COVID time. KMRL will continue to ensure the safety of the passengers travelling by Metro” said Alkesh Kumar Sharma, IAS, Managing Director, KMRL.