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India's First Water Metro To Be Inaugurated In Kochi: 10 Points

The metro, which boasts of a unique infrastructure, has the capacity of carrying over one lakh passengers and aims to connect the ten island communities of the southern state.  

Kochi Water Metro
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 25 is set to inaugurate India's first water metro in Kochi as the state's "dream project" that would accelerate its ease of transportation. The metro, which boasts of a unique infrastructure, has the capacity of carrying over one lakh passengers and aims to connect the ten island communities of the southern state.  

Ahead of the launch, we tell you everything about the first-ever water metro in five points:

1. For a smoother commute and efficient travel, the metro is fitted with the latest technology and safety devices that will ensure smooth sailing during the rains. It also comes with eco-friendly, Lithium Titanite Spinel batteries that allow only 10-12 minutes between the routes. 

2.  After the completion of the project, there will be a total of 38 stations and 78 ferry boats. 

3. The water metro project will start with eight electric hybrid boats, which are manufactured by Cochin Shipyard Limited.

4. With a cost o Rs 1,137 crore, it is called Kerala’s dream project and it is funded by the Government of Kerala and German firm KfW. The water metre is owned by KMRL (Kochi Metro Rail Limited).

5. In the first phase, the water metro will run from the High Court-Vypin terminals and Vyttila-Kakkanad terminals. According to Kerala Chief Minister, commuters will be able to reach the Vypin terminal from the High Court terminal in less than 20 minutes without being stuck in traffic. While the Kakkanad can be reached within 25 minutes from Vyttila via Water Metro.

6. Each boat is capable in carrying 50 to 100 passengers, with boats departing every 15 minutes.

7. The metro will also feature an Automatic Fare Collection system, which will integrate both rail and water metro. One can travel by Kochi Metro rail and Kochi Water Metro using Kochi One Card. The tickets can be booked digitally also through Kochi One App.

8. The metro is air conditioned with wide windows, giving a view of Kerala's backwaters. 

9. Minimum ticket rate for a boat journey is 20 rupees, while the maximum is Rs 40. There are weekly and monthly passes for regular passengers, starting at Rs 180, Rs 600 and Rs 1500, respectively. The metro will also feature an Automatic Fare Collection system, which will integrate both rail and water metro.

10. One can travel in Kochi Metro rail and Kochi Water Metro using Kochi One Card. The tickets can be booked digitally also through Kochi One App.

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