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About Kochi Water Metro


Prime Minister inaugurated the first phase of the Kochi Water Metro — a first of its kind public boat service in India integrated with a metro rail network.


GS III: Infrastructure

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Kochi Water Metro
  2. Boats and Features

About Kochi Water Metro

The Kochi Water Metro is a modern boat service project being implemented by Kochi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRL) with German funding. The water metro is a feeder service of the Kochi metro rail and has been designed to offer modern facilities and enhanced safety measures.

Boats and Features:

  • The Kochi Water Metro project comprises of 78 boats that are hybrid, battery-powered, air-conditioned and disabled-friendly.
  • Each boat costs Rs 7 crore and can carry 100 passengers with a seating capacity of 50.
  • These non-polluting, battery-powered boats produce low waves and can go up to a speed of eight nautical miles per hour.
  • Boats have been designed as coaches of Kochi Metro with similar facilities such as passenger entry and exit gates, ticket counters, and safety measures.
  • Boat terminals have been designed with electronic display boards about boat services, similar to the Kochi Metro.
Routes and Terminals:
  • The water metro boat service will connect 10 nearby islands with the mainland of Kochi, covering a distance of 76 km.
  • The project comprises of 38 jetties.
  • Boat re-charging facilities have been provided in all terminals.
  • The boats will operate on the backwaters of Kochi, similar to any other ferry or traditional boat service.
Existing Services:
  • The Kerala Water Transport Department operates around 200-odd boat services on different routes that mainly connect Vypin islands to Kochi.
  • These services have been criticised for poor passenger safety and being unpunctual.
  • Apart from the water transport department, private players also operate stray services.
Project Cost and Stakeholders:
  • The Kochi Water Metro project has been conceived as part of the Kochi Metro Rail service.
  • The project cost has been revised to Rs 1136 crore.
  • The boats have been constructed by Cochin Shipyard Limited.

-Source: Indian Express

December 2023