The Kochi Metro Extension Project in India has marked significant milestone progress with the successful completion of I-girder works along the 1.163-kilometre-long corridor.
By September, the project aims to have track works ready. Furthermore, the elevated corridor of Metro Phase 1-B extension from SN Junction to Tripunithura’s commissioning is more than likely to be by December 2023.
Currently, slab works that lead up to the terminal station building are in progress. Additionally, painting and electrical works are also steadily progressing. Meanwhile, Kochi Metro Rail Limited will continue conclusive development works on the concourse area of the station.
The Kochi Metro extension project in India recognized as the best urban mobility development
Back in August 2020, the Phase I-B extension began piling works, right after the project’s contract awarding in July 2020. According to the DPR of the project, its location will ease traffic on both the southern and eastern sides of Ernakulam. In total, the daily ridership is expected to be approximately 40,000.
Last year on 1 September, Phase 1-A of the extension from Petta to SN Junction was open for service. The line stretches 1.2 kilometres and will connect to the existing railway station. Thus, completion of the SN Junction to Tripunithura line will further allow commuters to easily access the Tripunithura railway station from the proposed Metro stations.
Taking it a step further, the Kochi Metro Extension Project will include a 22 meters wide road. In addition to a bus terminal under the Metro’s viaduct. As a whole, the rapid transit system is the very first metro in India that connects water, rail, and road facilities.
In fact, Kochi Metro successfully integrated with the Kochi Water Metro, which serves as a feeder service. Especially in the suburbs along rivers where there is a limitation on transport accessibility. Quite impressively, in October 2017, Kochi Metro received recognition as the Best Urban Mobility Project in the country by the Urban Development Ministry.