Kochi Water Metro crossed the ridership of more than 7,000 passengers on its two operational routes on its second day after its launch, PTI report stated. The pioneering Kerala government project was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25th of April. On the first day of Kochi Water Metro launch it witnessed a warm welcome with around 6,559 passengers enjoying the ride from Kerala High Court to Vypin. On the second day, it started to operate on the second route from Vytilla to Kakkanad.
Employees could now opt for Water Metro for their travel conveyance to work, as last mile connectivity is provided.” Now, people can enjoy the ride on the Water Metro and relish the scenic beauty and can reach their workplace with a refreshed mind,” said Sushanth Kurunthil, Infopark CEO who also travelled on the second route.
The water vessels are estimated to carry 34,000 passengers on a daily basis once it is fully operational. The vessel also bagged the Gussies International Electric Boat awards last year. The vessels are equipped with the most advanced safest battery technology and can easily get charged in 15 to 20 minutes, also have life saving equipment and technology which can avoid overcrowding.
The terminals are erected with state of the art facilities and the jetties have floating pontoons which have automatic docking system technology. Passengers can experience smooth travel with the help of Kochi One card on the water metro by using an integrated ticketing system. KMRL is planning to make Kochi One card usable in buses, auto-rickshaws too for hassle free travel