Kochi Metro stations to have Platform Screen Doors!
Kochi Metro Rail stations will have Platform Screen Doors (PSD) aimed at preventing mishaps and suicide attempts. The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has made it clear that an earlier plan to install PSDs at metro stations for passenger safety was not shelved and it would be implemented in the near future. Earlier, KMRL had put the proposal to install the system on hold during the first phase, despite having floated a tender for the same.
The doors would restrict the public access to the rails by enclosing the stations in a glass cage and both the station's door and that of the metro trains would open simultaneously when the trains stop. This way, mishaps due to overcrowding could be prevented.
"We will be setting them up. Initially, we had asked the DMRC to do it but it refused. Then we did the tendering and a Chinese company won it. However, we could not cross-check their experience certificates. We will tender it again", said a senior metro official.
To resolve the parking woes at metro stations, KMRL is all set to float tenders for setting up multi-level parking facilities at select stations like Aluva by next week. "We have finalized three locations including Aluva to set up a vertical parking facility. The plan is to go in for the Public-Private Partnership mode and the tender will be floated soon", the official said.
Though Kochi Metro enjoys good commuter patronage ever since it started commercial operations on June 19, the lack of sufficient parking facilities at most of the stations has turned out to be a major worry.