The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) – the agency which has been entrusted with the task of designing Metro stations – has submitted its designs (of 14 stations) to Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) for approval.Designs of the stations would reflect the socio-cultural aspects of Kerala. As per the plan, the stations will have the features of houseboats, palm (coconut) leaves, waves, Kasavu Saree, Kathakali, etc.
Sources with the IIA said, “Of the 22 stations, designs of 14 have been completed. A presentation regarding the designs was made before KMRL on Friday and Saturday. After getting suggestions from the Metro agency, we will submit the entire design, including sketches and drawings, to them. The process will be completed in a couple of months.”
The main structure of the stations like floors and doors is being designed by Aegis. “The IIA team is doing designs of roof and interiors of these stations. A special committee comprising representatives of KMRL, DMRC and an expert from Delhi will see the designs and give its seal of approval,” an official associated with KMRL said.