The Kochi Metro successfully completed the trial run on the new stretch from Maharaja’s College Ground to Thykoodam in two stages. The five new stations in this stretch will include Ernakulam South, Kadavanthra, Elamkulam, Vyttila and Thykoodam.
Stage one of the trial run, which was conducted on 21 July 2019, extended from Maharaja’s College Ground to Ernakulam South Junction and included the “Balanced Cantilever” bridge – the first-of-its-kind curved steel metro track in India.
An engineering marvel, the Balanced Cantilever Bridge near Ernakulam South is a unique structure that has been built above the railway lines. It took 2 years and 11 months to build this structure. During the trial run, the train had to be kept in this bridge for 24 hours to carry out detailed assessments based on various parameters pertaining to safety and strength.
Stage two or the full stretch trial run from Maharaja’s College Ground to Thykoodam was carried out successfully on the 31 July 2019. The trial run on this 5.75 Km stretch commenced at 6:20AM. The train, which started from Maharaja’s station reached the Thykoodam station at 8:20 AM. The return ride commenced at 8:45 AM, with the train reaching Elamkulam station at 9:25 AM. The journey resumed with the second train starting from Elamkulam at 11:46AM and reaching Thykoodam at 12:40PM. The same train returned to Maharaja’s, completing the full trial run successfully at 1:30PM.
The speed limit of the trial was 5 – 20 kilometre per hour and sandbags were placed in compartments to match the weight of 900 passengers. The trial run was controlled and supervised closely by Technical Officers from KMRL and DMRC – the implementing agency.
This new stretch from Maharaja’s to Thykoodam is the second part of the Kochi Metro’s first phase extending from Aluva-Pettah, which is a 25.65 Km path. The Next leg of the 1.20 Km Thykoodam-Pettah corridor is expected to be operational by next March.