KOCHI (Metro Rail News): In February 2020, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) launched the ‘Pavan Doot’ feeder bus network between Aluva and Cochin International Airport Ltd. (Cial). Two AC electric buses ran along the line to tap into the airport passenger sector by delivering last-mile connectivity to the Kochi Metro.
Three months ago, KMRL cancelled one of the feeder services due to low passenger turnout. There are now calls for ‘Pavan Doot’ to be run as a circular route connecting other suburban communities than Aluva and Cial. The feeder service ticket costs Rs 50 for a one-way ride.
There are no further stations for the route beside the starting place and the terminal.
The feeder service would be possible, according to D Dhanuraj of the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), if it operates as a circular route connecting Aluva railway station, Angamaly and Vyttila Mobility Hub, as well as the airport and Aluva metro station.
According to Rajesh Nair of the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the service’s failure was primarily due to its unscientific functioning. In addition, hundreds of commuters would benefit if the service-connected important towns in and around Kochi.
The existing service linking Cial and the Aluva metro station, according to Biju John of the V4Kochi organization, is not helpful to many people, since most individuals seek connectivity between the airport and the railway stations at Angamaly and Aluva.