Hon. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, will inaugurate the Kochi Water Metro Project of Kochi Metro Rail Limited on Saturday (23rd July) evening at 5 pm at the Sacred Heart Church Ground at Kothad, Kadamakkudy Panchayath. The project that includes the introduction of modern water crafts, renovation of boat jetties, re-development of access roads with street lights and a myriad other advanced facilities will be a key step towards accelerating Kochi’s journey into the future.
The event will be presided over by Shri. A K Saseendran, Minister for Transport and will be attended by Dr Martin Ney, German Ambassador to India along with Mr Felix Klauda, Head of Urban Development and Mobility, KfW, South Asia.
Archbishop Rev. Dr Francis Kallarackal of Archdiocese of Varapuzha, Honourable MP Prof. K V Thomas, and MLAs in the Kochi Water Metro project area Shri. S Sharma, Shri. Ebrahim Kunju, Shri. V D Satheesan, Shri. P T Thomas, Shri. Hibi Eden, Shri. K J Maxi, Shri. M Swaraj, Kochi Corporation Mayor Soumini Jain, District Collector M G Rajamanickam, Shalini Babu, President of Kadamakkudy Grama Panchayat as well as other representatives of all 9 local self government bodies through which the Kochi Water Metro project is passing through will also be part of the event.
The advent of the Water Metro will put Kochi on the map, making it the first Indian city where water connectivity will be developed as a feeder service to the Metro rail. The project envisages the development of 16 identified routes, connecting 38 jetties across 10 islands and spans a total route network of 76km. The integrated water transport project is to be implemented in two phases and should be fully operational by 2019. The project intends for a fleet of 78 fast, fuel efficient, air-conditioned ferries playing to 38 jetties, 18 of which will be developed as main boat hubs, while the remaining 20 will be minor jetties for transit services. “This is the first major externally funded urban water passenger transport project ever to be implemented in India, and the beauty of the project is that it is not just an urban transport project, but also a total infrastructure and livelihood enhancement project for people living along the Kochi backwaters”, said Elias George, Managing Director, KMRL.