I traveled on Kochi Metro with a few of my friends from Palarivattom to Aluva! We had a wonderful experience traveling on the Metro. Every station is designed with a dedicated theme such as maritime history, Western Ghats as well as the local history of the city, among others. The Western Ghats that run along most of the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border is a common design theme at all the stations. The design of each station is a variation on this common theme. Aluva station’s theme is Kerala’s natural beauty and the station’s interiors depict the Periyar and the other major rivers in the state.
The walls of the Pulinchodu station feature flora and fauna of the Western Ghats. Kalamassery station depicts rare species of the mountain range. The theme of CUSAT station is the state’s maritime history, and that of Pathadipalam station is the fish of the Western Ghats. Spices of Kerala is the theme of the Edapally station, while the cultural and artistic heritage of Kerala forms the theme of the Changampuzha Park station. Palarivattom station features images of the flowers of the Western Ghats. All Stations are designed to provide the maximum natural ventilation in passenger areas. They have also utilized LED lighting and have water efficient fittings in toilets. Some stations also provide facilities for rainwater harvesting.
A three-second tune composed by Bijibal is played whenever train doors open or close at stations. The tune features traditional sounds of Kerala music featuring a chenda and ilathalam. KMRL chose to play the tune instead of the typical chime played on other metros in the country in order to give “Malayali flavor” to the metro system. Kudumbashree ladies have been employed in various departments to assist passengers.
Kochi Metro Rail Limited employs 7 women train operators to steer the Metro. The selected train operators have begun operating service trials in the 13 km long corridor after undergoing three months training in Bengaluru. Kochi Metro is the country’s first government agency to hire transgenders. For the first time, transgenders have proper jobs, serving passengers and selling tickets in Kochi Metro. We were very happy to see them at the Metro stations. Kochi Metro is India’s first to extensively use solar panels. As many as 22 stations on the final 25-km full stretch of the rail line will have solar panels.
We were indeed very happy to see few pillars with vertical gardens on the pillars of few Metro stations. Thank you KMRL for giving us Kochi Metro. A big salute to our dear metro man, Mr. E. Sreedharan, Mr. Elias George (MD) and all the workers who toiled day and night to make this venture a reality in god’s own country. We are waiting eagerly for the completion of stations up to Pettah as well as Kakkanad. We request all people traveling by Metro to keep the surroundings, stations, platforms, trains and all other public property clean, free from garbage and plastic bags and also free from dirty graffiti or lewd write ups. The metro is for all travelers be they Indian or foreign. Let not allow others to point fingers at us for bad behavior. Let us work together for the betterment of our country and state.
- Shashikala Mohan