Kochi Water Metro Gearing Up For Trials on Fort Kochi Route

The installation of concrete floating pontoons will ensure safe onboarding and deboarding.

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KOCHI (Metro Rail News): The trials on the long-awaited Fort Kochi route of Kochi Water Metro are likely to commence soon, as terminal work at Fort Kochi is nearing completion.

Fort Kochi is the city’s major tourist centre. The commencement of operations between the High Court and Fort Kochi is expected to give a major boost to the city’s tourism sector.

“The trial run on parking boats near the floating pontoon at Fort Kochi terminal has been completed, and the boats will be tested on the route between High Court and Fort Kochi in the coming days,” said Loknath Behera (Managing Director, KWML). 

Installation of concrete floating pontoons

Kochi Water Metro Ltd. (KWML) has built concrete floating pontoons and a marine platform at the Fort Kochi Water Metro terminal.
The Fort Kochi terminal is at the meeting point of the Arabian Sea and backwaters, and installing ordinary floating pontoons may risk the safety of passengers. Hence, concrete floating pontoons are constructed at all the boat jetties of the ferry services. The installation of concrete floating pontoons allows convenient and safe onboarding and deboarding, irrespective of high or low tide.

Kochi Water Metro Route
Kochi water metro route map

Construction of a marine platform

Construction of a marine platform for receiving boats has already been completed as part of the final phase of the terminal.
Construction work for the terminal building is also in the finishing stage.

Operational routes

Currently, Kochi Water Metro Ltd. (KWML) uses 13 boats to operate services on the following routes:

  • High Court – Bolgatty
  • High Court – Vypeen
  • High Court – South Chittoor
  • South Chittoor – Cheranelloor
  • Vyttila – Kakkanad

Soon, one more boat will be delivered by the Cochin Shipyard to KWML.

Kochi Water Metro

The Kochi Water Metro Project aims to reduce pollution and traffic congestion in Kerala’s commercial capital, Kochi. Its plan is to connect 10 islands with 15 routes spanning 78 km, benefiting over 33,000 islanders. 


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