Kochi Metro proposes light rail for Fort Kochi
The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has proposed 'at grade' light rail transport system for Fort Kochi and neighbouring areas in West Kochi. The idea was presented at a meeting held with peoples' representatives from areas around Kochi Metro and Water Metro corridors and Cochin Smart City areas on Saturday.
The 'at grade' light rail transport, which does not require the construction of large via-ducts like that of the Metro, is suitable for the thickly-populated West Kochi region. It operates at terrain level just beside other traffic and pedestrian movement and the construction cost would also be cheaper compared to Metro.
It is learned that KMRL is considering a tram-like system for West Kochi. The tracks would be laid on roads, and the carriages would move alongside other vehicles. However, a final decision concerning the proposal has not bee made. "We have mooted an idea, and a preliminary study has been done. We are looking at latest technologies and various aspects have to be considered before taking a decision," said the spokesperson.
The meeting was convened as the people's representatives demanded an update on the progress of Metro, Water Metro project and the Smart City. The meeting was attended by K.V. Thomas, MP, MLAs P.T Thomas, V.D. Satheesan, Anwar Sadath, V. K. Ebrahim Kunju, Hibi Eden and K.J. Maxy and Kochi Corporation Mayor Soumini Jain.
The Chief Executive Officer of Smart City and Managing Director of KMRL Elias George explained the status and the updates of the metro, water metro and development projects under the Smart City Mission. The meeting also discussed in detail the need for establishing a Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority to bring all public transport systems under one umbrella and the comprehensive mobility plan being spearheaded by the KMRL.