Kochi Metro, along with the Netherlands-based consortium comprising Antea Nederland BV and Unihorn, is all set to bring Kochi’s major water canals back to life with the “Canal Rejuvenation Project.” KMRL signed an agreement with the consortium for the same at a meeting held in Kochi on the 19th of November 2019.

The Consortium won the project after emerging the lowest bidder among six bidders for providing full spectrum services including planning, designing, execution and supervision of the Integrated Urban Regeneration and Water Transport System Project (IURWTS). The LoA (letter of acceptance) was signed on 31 October 2019.

The Consortium will prepare a comprehensive project report by March 2020 based on evaluation of the existing detailed project report (DPR). The project will commence in September 2020.

His Highness King William-Alexander and Her Highness Queen Maxima, who visited Kochi in October, had expressed interest in partnering with the development initiatives/ projects pertaining to water management in Kerala.

“Kochi’s lifeline is its waterways. However, the fact is that only 20% of the waterways in the city are being utilised for navigation and transport. The rest 80% have been, across time, reduced to drains. Kochi Metro Rail Limited, with its Canal Rejuvenation Project, aims to restore and rejuvenate the canals in the city that were once used for navigation and create an extensive and efficient waterway network for Kochiites. This will also help solve the growing concerns over waterlogging during rains, the primary reason for which is poorly maintained canals that serve as rainwater drains”, said Shri. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, Managing Director – KMRL.

“With the completion of this project, Kochi will have a waterway network of world-class standards, akin to cities like Venice, London and Amsterdam. The project will also improve Kochi’s inter-city connectivity by making the canals navigable and double as feeder service to existing public transport systems. KMRL is committed to making commuting in Kochi easy, and we’ll make sure we do our best to make it possible.”, he added.

Five of Kochi’s major canals, covering a total distance of 34 km will be revived under this project. This includes the Edappally Canal (11.15 km), Chilavanoor Canal (11.023 km), Thevara–Perandoor Canal (9.84 km), Thevara Canal (1.41 km), and Market Canal (0.66 km).

As per plans, these canals will be thoroughly cleaned and freed from pollutants using high-efficiency independent sewage treatment plant and disposal methods. This will curb sewage outfalls, reduce the risk of flooding and help retain and replenish water by ensuring smooth flow. All five canals will be included in the Integrated Urban Regeneration and Water Transport System Project (IURWTS).

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