KOCHI METRO RAIL UPDATES
Kochi Metro : Latest Fare Chart
of the important points related to Kochi Metro are following.
- The Kochi Metro, Kerala’s first Metro service, is India’s first integrated multi-mode transport system. Kochi will be the first Indian city to have a ‘water metro’ which will be the feeder service to the rail metro.
- Kochi Metro is one of the fastest to be built in the country.
- The Metro has employed 23 transgenders in various departments. It will be the country’s first government agency to hire transgender people.
- Metro Train will be driven mainly by women from a self-help group.
- This is the longest first phase of a metro to be inaugurated, i.e from Palarivattom to Aluva ( 11 stations covering nearly 13 km )
- Metro helps to reduce the traveling time. By road,between Aluva to Palarivattom the traveling time is 45 minutes, but now it’s only 23 minutes.
- Stations will showcase a theme including history, Western ghats etc.
- Each Metro station will have solar panels, and it will focus on producing 35% of the total power usage.
- The Kochi Metro will be the first in India to use Communication Based Train Control technology to maximize frequencies and minimize errors.
- In another likely first, the metro network will use compost generated from municipal waste to fertilize the vertical garden it plans to maintain on some of its pillars.
Kochi Metro : Fare Details
- Requires 1/5th energy per passenger km compared to road – based system.
- Causes no air pollution in the city.
- Causes lesser noise level
- Occupies no road space if underground and only about 2 meters width of the road if elevated.
- Carries same amount of traffic as 5 lanes of bus traffic or 12 lanes of private motor cars, if it is a light capacity system.
- Is more reliable, comfortable and safer than road based system.
- Reduces journey time by anything between 50% and 75% depending on road conditions.
Fare Collection System
Automatic fare collection system with combination of smart card and computerized paper tickets. The proposed ticketing system will be a combination of smart card and computerized paper ticket issued through the same ticket office machines (TOM) provided at each station counter/ booking office and at convenient locations. These TOMs will be connected to a local area network with a computer in the Station Master’s room, which will be further connected to central computer. For smart cards, simple turnstile type gates will be used. Smart cards will have provision for future applications such as bus, parking, toll etc. Manual checking will be done for paper tickets. Ticketing System proposed is a foolproof system to avoid chances of ticket less travel. If so desired, a manual ticketing system similar to that of Indian Railways can also be adopted to reduce cost of ticketing system which may come down to about 15% to 20% of the automatic fare collection system proposed above. However, it will have its own inherent disadvantage of leakage of revenue due to chances of ticket less travel. Moreover man power requirement will also go up.
Train Operation Plan
The underlying operation philosophy is to make the MRT System more attractive and economical, the main features being:
- Selecting the most optimum frequency of Train services to meet sectional capacity requirement during peak hours on most of the sections.
- Economical and optimum train service frequency not only during peak period, but also during off-peak period.
- A short train consists of 3 coaches with high frequency service.
- Multi-tasking of train operation and maintenance staff.
Salient features of the proposed train operation plan are:
- Running of services for 19 hours of the day (5 AM to Midnight) with a station dwell time of 30 seconds,
- Make up time of 5-10% with 8-12% coasting.
- Scheduled speed for these corridors has been taken as 33 Kmph on account of higher inter-station distances
To meet the above projected traffic demand, the possibility of running trains with composition of 3 Car has been examined.
The basic unit of 3-car train comprising of DMC-TC- DMC configuration has been selected for the Alwaye – Petta Corridor for the year 2015, 2020 and 2025.
DMC : Driving Motor Car
TC : Trailer Car
3 Car Train Composition DMC + TC + DMC
DMC : 191 passenger (Sitting-35, Crush Standing-156)
TC : 218 passenger (Sitting-44, Crush Standing-174)
3 Car Train: 600 Passengers (Sitting-114, Crush Standing-486)
Estimated Completion Cost
Estimated completion Cost is Rs 5181.79 Cr
The fare structure has been estimated based on Delhi Metro fares duly escalating the same. The fare structure for the year 2016-17 is given below.
Fare: Rs 15/- to Rs 30/-
Distance in kms. and Proposed fare for Kochi Metro (Rs.) are following
- 0-2 = 10.00
- 2-4 = 13.00
- 4-6 = 15.00
- 6-9 = 19.00
- 9-12 = 21.00
- 12-15 = 23.00
- 15-18 = 24.00
- 18-21 = 27.00
- 21-24 = 28.00
- 24-27 = 30.00
Subsequently, for the purpose of assessing returns from the project, the fares have been revised every second year with an escalation of 5% per annum.
After examining the various options for execution of Kochi Metro Project, It has been suggested that the project should be get executed on the funding pattern of Delhi Metro/Chennai Metro/Kolkata Metro or on deposit terms from DMRC. This funding pattern has been recommended due to the fact that the BOT / PPP
Kochi Metro Stations
Stations have been located so as to serve major passenger destinations and to enable convenient integration with other modes of transport. However effort has
also been made to propose station locations, such that inter station distances are as uniform and the average spacing of stations is close to one km as possible. Earlier the allocated stations was 26 and now it is 22 only.
Kochi Metro started to enrich the quality of life for everyone in Kochi by facilitating better connectivity between people and places, and between people and prosperity.
Advantage of Metro System
7. Cochin University
10. Changampuzha Park
12. JLN Stadium
15. M.G Road
16. Maharaja’s College
17. Ernakulam south
Construction Methodology: Elevated viaduct carried over pre-stressed concrete ‘U/I’ shaped girders with pile / open foundations
Rolling Stock: 2.9 m wide modern rolling stock with stainless steel body, standard gauge axle load of 15 tonnes
Voltage: 750 V DC
Power Supply Source: 110Kv AC
Power Collection: Third Rail Bottom Collection
System: Light Metro System
Type of Signalling: Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) with ATO and ATP
Telecommunication: Integrated system with Fibre Optic cables, SCADA, Train radio, PA system etc
Old News related to Kochi Metro
The Cabinet on Wednesday gave the green signal to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to start preparatory works for the Kochi Metro Rail Project.
Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan told the media after a Cabinet meeting that the DMRC would undertake works such as widening of roads and construction of road over-bridges for the metro now. It would be paid six per cent of the cost of the works as its fee.
The Chief Minister said the project had received general clearance from the Centre. Some specific clearance could be obtained in due course.
- Company Pady
- Appolo Typres
- Jacobite Church
- Pathadi Palam
- Toll Junction
- Edapally Junction
- Edapally Station
- Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
- Madhav Pharmacy
- Maharaja’s College
- Ernakulam South
- Fathima Church