Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is all set to launch metro services as the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety has given the Fit for Operation certificate to Kochi Metro.
The Metro is likely to be inaugurated by May-end or early June. The state is awaiting a confirmation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the inaugural date.
The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety K.M. Manoharan and his team inspected the Metro had suggested minor changes to KMRL. The report directed KMRL officials to fix signboards and install CCTV cameras immediately.
In the first stage, the metro will operate in the 13- km strech from Aluva to Palarivattom. There are 11 stations in this route. In the second stage, metro will run in Thrippunithura, Infopark and Nedumbassery route.
The train will cover the distance from Palarivattom to Aluva in 20 minutes at an average speed of 34km per hour. The trains will have four coaches each. The train can take 975 people.
The fare from Aluva to Company Padi is Rs 20 and up to Kalamassery Rs 30. Fare up to Edappally is Rs 40. Minimum fare is Rs 10. Kochi 1 smart card will be the ticket that can be bought at stations.