Kochi Water Metro Project Update : Rs 747-crore Water Metro Project to Initiate with 36 boats

Kochi Water Metro Project Update : Rs 747-crore Water Metro Project to Initiate with 36 boats

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Date Of Post: 11 May, 2018

Kochi Water Metro Project is an integrated water transport project in Greater Kochi region. It will be developed as a feeder service to the Kochi Metro rail & will kick off with an initial fleet of 36 boats .

Further Details :

  • The Tenders have been floated by the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) for the boats with an option for an additional 19 boats.
  • The proposed catamaran boats with a single deck connecting the two hulls will have a capacity to carry 100 passengers, including the differently-abled with provision for two wheelchairs and four crew members.
  • The boats will have steel hull and body made of fibreglass reinforced plastic & will be able to attain a speed of 10 knots in deep water in fully loaded condition while the services will be operated at a speed of 8 knots.
  • They will be loaded with features, including Wi-Fi.
  • The approval of the German funding agency KfW, which is funding the water metro project, has been secured for the tender process.
  • The KfW had assured an approximately 597-crore loan for the project that is aimed at linking islands in Greater Kochi area with the mainland using a 75-km-long water transport network, a waterway extension of Kochi metro.
  • When fully commissioned by 2020, the water metro project will feature 76 boats and 41 boat jetties.
  • Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) Managing Director, Mr A P M Mohammed Hanish , was talking to reporters along with the representatives of German development bank KfW which is funding the project.
  • Urban development and mobility project manager Angelika Zwicky and shipbuilding expert Martin Nybo were in Kochi on a two-day visit, evaluating the progress of the ambitious project.
  • At the meeting, the KfW appreciated the fact the project is on schedule.

    Image Credit: Kochi Metro

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