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India’s first water metro, the Kochi Water Metro, has been flagged off in Kochi. The Rs 1,137 crore project will connect ten small islands around Kochi with boats running on hybrid power. The main focus of the project is to provide a cheap mode of transport for commuters and tourists. This is definitely a happy addition to the existing water transport system in India.
As per the reports, this water transport service is called the Kochi Water Metro. This one-of-its-kind boat service is linked with the metro rail network. How, you ask? The project is under Kochi Metro Rail Corporation Limited. These boats will act as feeder service, just like we have metro feeder bus services. Complete with the look and feel of the Kochi Metro, these boat services also have proper terminals and passenger entry and exit gates.
If reports are to go by, the boat service will officially begin from April 26, 2023. It will initially run on two routes: High Court – Vypin and Vyttila – Kakkanad. As of now, there are eight service feeder boats ready to start the service. The timing for this new service is from 7 AM to 8 PM daily.
Also, these feeder boats are battery-powered, air-conditioned and disabled-friendly, and are expected to connect several islands. Since they are battery-operated, these metro boats are going to be eco-friendly too.
For those looking forward to using the service, a single ride will cost INR 20. One can also avail boat passes (weekly/monthly), or get the Kochi One Card. You can use the Kochi One Card on both feeder boats and the Kochi Metro.
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