While the date and guest-list are being worked out for the inauguration of Kochi Metro’s 1st 13 km stretch, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) – the operator of the line on this Saturday started service trials for family members of its staff and various contractors. This simulation of a typical journey over the next couple of days will help the operations staff get familiar with their job and get some experience in handling their core tasks, interacting with passengers and rectifying issues when the Aluva – Palarivottom section goes live in the coming weeks.
KMRL started service trials using its staff on May 10 after it received a final approval from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) who conducted a 3-day visual inspection of the line between May 3-5 to check how fit it is to run safe commercial operations. The KMRL hasn’t officially disclosed their daily operational plan, but most likely trains will initially run at a frequency of every 10 minutes through 11 stations located at Aluva, Pulinchodu, Companypady, Ambattukavu, Muttom, Kalamassery, CUSAT, Pathadipalam, Edapally, Changampuzha Park and Palarivattom:
If you haven’t had a chance to ride the line or are not in Kochi for the foreseeable future, you can still experience a virtual ride via this video:
— The Metro Rail Guy (@TheMetroRailGuy) May 26, 2017
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