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Modi to flag off India’s 1st water metro in Kochi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the country’s first floating metro on Tuesday, which will connect 10 small islands around the port city of Kochi in Kerala. The subway project will start with his eight hybrid-electric boats manufactured by Cochin Shipyard Limited, said a floating subway official.

The Kochi Water Metro is the most affordable way to get around Kochi’s idyllic remote areas.
They said an integrated subway system linking rail, road and water would be a game changer for the state, highlighting the need to use more inland waterways and would help ease existing transportation networks. The most affordable way to travel through Kochi’s idyllic remote areas.

Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan said the floating subway would revolutionize the state’s water transportation sector and boost the tourism sector. He said the energy efficient and environmentally friendly floating metro service would change the concept of urban commuting. “The floating water metro something never seen before in the transport sector and boost tourism,” he said.

“Water Metro delivers an service which is elite yet quite affordable. With a total of 75km he has streamlined 15 routes and expects more hybrid electric boats from the Cochin Shipyards. In addition to commuter passes, commuters can also use weekly, monthly and quarterly commuter passes on the water subway. Initially there will be a ship every 15 minutes.

“Water Metro uses modern spinel batteries made of lithium titanite,” said Sajan P. John, General Manager (Operations) of Kerala Water Metro Limited. He said that the boat is Air – conditioned and has wide windows. The metro will provide exotic views of the famous Kerala backwater with a comfortable experience. He also assured that the metro will have state of the art security features. The total worth of the project is over 1.1 billion rupees. The German developer KFW and the state government funded the project. 

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