Kochi Metro Rail Limited entered into a tripartite agreement for Accompanying Measures with the Government of Kerala and German funding agency KFW for the Kochi Water Metro Project. As per the agreement, the 1.8 Million Euros grant will be used for identifying
capacity building in the operation and maintenance wing of the Water Metro Project, which includes employee training requirements/modalities and Trainer education for enhancing human resource efficiency.
The agreement was signed on 4 December 2019 at a function attended by Ms. Angelica Angelika Zwicky, Project Manager –Urban Development and Mobility, KfW, Mr. Jyothilal IAS, Principal Secretary – Transport, Government of Kerala and Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, MD – KMRL.
“We are happy to inform that the tripartite agreement of Accompanying Measures has been signed. This will help us set up a high-efficiency operational and management wing for the Water Metro project and also provide better training for employees. KMRL is committed to completing the project in a time-bound manner “, said Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, MD – KMRL.
“Kerala is proud to be home to India’s first water metro project”, said Mr. K R Jyothilal IAS, Principal Secretary – Transport, Government of Kerala. “ Kochi Water Metro is going to be a unique project that integrates water and road transport seamlessly as passengers can use a single card to access both. This will make intercity travel easier and faster. Kochi Metro will also lend a new dimension to clean, green mobility and transform the water transport sector in India.”, he said.
KMRL also held detailed discussions with Ms. Angelica Zwicky and her team regarding various aspects of project, timely completion and green mobility.

KMRL – ADB Meeting:

A four-member team from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), one of Asia’s largest international development finance institutions, met Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, MD – KMRL and other senior KMRL officials in December 2019. The ADB team, led by Mr. Shantanu Chakraborty, Director – Infrastructure Financing, visited various facilities of KMRL
including newly-opened Metro stations across the city, the Operation’s Control Centre at Muttom, the Vyttila Mobility Hub and sites at Petta where the construction of the phase1extension is underway.
“We discussed the potential funding for the Phase 1 extension with the ADB team. We also discussed about KMRL’s facilities, services and future plans.”, said Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, MD – KMRL.

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