A three-member team of KfW, the German bank, which is funding the Water Metro project, visited Kochi Metro Rail Limited today. The officials Mr. Robert Valkovic, Mr. Felix Klauda and Ms. Angelika Zwicky visited KMRL and had discussions with Elias George, Managing Director of Kochi Metro Rail Limited and the officials working for the project. They also visited the major boat jetties involved in the project.
Kochi Metro Rail Limited all set to start the implementation of Water Metro project as the General consultant has been selected. The KfW team held discussions with KMRL regarding the next steps to be taken in the realization of the project as soon as the GC is on board. Kochi Metro Rail Limited has started acquiring land for water metro project. The main aim of KMRL is to get the government-owned land to set up infrastructural facilities so that the land acquisition can be kept minimal.
KMRL is planning this project not just as the transportation project, but also as a livelihood improvement program by developing the access and improve the living conditions of the people in islands. The Project will provide water connectivity to people living on islands. KMRL planned the service in such a way that the commuters from islands can travel to the jetties and take feeder services to catch metro trains. The project will also work as the feeder system to Kochi Metro.
The Water Metro project envisages the development of 16 identified routes, connecting 38 jetties across 10 islands with a total route network of 76km. KMRL is planning to complete the project in two phases in four years’ time.