Kochi Metro – Information, Route Maps, Fares, Tenders & Updates

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Kochi Metro with 1 elevated line and 21 stations is an urban Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) built to serve Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala.

Construction for the 25.612 km Kochi Metro Phase 1A project connecting Aluva to Pettah with 22 stations started in June 2013. India’s Prime Minister inaugurated the line’s first 13.2 km section between Aluva – Palarivattom on June 17, 2017. Commercial operations commenced 2 days later on June 19, 2017.

In 2014, a 1.92 km eastward extension to Tripunithura from Pettah was approved to be included in Phase 1 with 2 new elevated stations.

Kochi Metro’s Phase 2 project with a 11.2 km line and 11 stations was approved by the Kerala government in July 2018 with an estimated cost of Rs 2,310 cr. This phase includes the construction of a spur line from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to Infopark II in Kakkanad. This phase is currently awaiting the central government’s approval and will likely be funded by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

Various announcements of what Kochi Metro’s Phase 3 will look like have been made, but detailed planning for it is yet to begin. This phase could possibly include a northern extension of Line-1 to Cochin International Airport in Nedumbassery and onward to Angamaly.

System Specifications

  • Top Speed: 80 kmph
  • Average Speed: 34 kmph
  • Track Gauge: Standard Gauge – 1435 mm
  • Electrification: 750 V DC Third Rail
  • Power Supply: 110 KV AC
  • Signalling: Communication-based Train Control (CBTC)

Key Figures

Operational: 23.8 km | Under Construction: 2.91 km | Approved: 12.36 km (Phase 2)

  • Daily Ridership: 55,000/day (February 2020)
  • Rolling Stock: 75 coaches (25 train-sets x 3) supplied by Alstom

Kochi Metro Operational Line (Phase 1A)

Line-1: Aluva – Thaikoodam

  • Length: 23.8 km
  • Type: Elevated
  • Depot: Muttom (23.6 hectares)
  • Number of Stations: 21
  • Station Names: Aluva, Pulinchodu, Companypady, Ambattukavu, Muttom, Kalamassery, Cochin University (CUSAT), Pathadipalam, Edapally, Changampuzha Park, Palarivatom, JLN Stadium, Kaloor, Lissie, M.G. Road, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam South, Kadavanthra, Elamkulam, Vytila, and Thykkoodam
  • Note: In February 2020, KMRL launched a daily feeder shuttle service for Rs. 50 from Aluva Station to Kochi Airport, with departures every 40 minutes. First service starts at 5 am from the airport and at 5:40 am from Aluva Station. Last shuttle leaves at 10:30 pm from the airport and at 11:10 pm from Aluva Station.

Kochi Metro Under Construction Line (Phase 1, Phase 11B)

Line-1: Thaikoodam – SN Junction

  • Length: 2.9 km
  • Type: Elevated
  • Number of Stations: 3
  • Stations Names: Petta, Vadakkekotta & SN Junction

Kochi Metro Approved Lines (Phase 1B, Phase 2)

Line-1: SN Junction – Tripunithura

  • Length: 1.163 km
  • Type: Elevated
  • Number of Stations: 1
  • Station Names: Tripunithura
  • Note: Bidding is underway (5 bids received)

Line-2: JLN Stadium – Infopark II

  • Length: 11.2 km
  • Type: Elevated
  • Number of Stations: 11
  • Station Names: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (new station box), Palarivattom Bypass, Chembumukku, Vazhakkala, Kunnumpuram, Kakkanad Junction, Cochin Special Economic Zone (CSEZ), Chittethukara, Rajagiri, InfoPark I, and InfoPark II
  • Status: Approved by Kerala’s state government in 2018. Bidding for construction is yet to begin.

Kochi Metro Route Map (Operational)

The embedded map below shows the exact location of all stations and can be zoomed into!

An official PDF route map of Kochi Metro will be added here when available.

Kochi Metro Future Network Route Map (Phase 1A & 2)

Kochi Metro Fare Chart (Prices)

Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. fixed Line-1’s fares in November 2016 with a minimum fare of Rs. 10 and maximum of Rs 60. Fare increases by Rs. 10 for every additional zone traveled.

Zone Distance from Origin Fare
F1 2 km Rs. 10
F2 5 km Rs. 20
F3 10 km Rs. 30
F4 15 km Rs. 40
F5 20 km Rs. 50
F6 25 km Rs. 60

After issue, a single ticket is valid up to 90 minutes and the rider must exit at the destination station’s automatic fare collection (AFC) gate by then.

Kochi Metro Tenders

Latest Kochi Metro (KMRL) tender notices can be viewed on the KMRL’s website. News on these notices, their bidders, awarded tenders and contracts are covered in further detail on the news & construction page.

Kochi Metro Major Contractors

Contract Contractor
General Consultant (GC) Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)
Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) Egis India
KRS-1: 75 Standard Gauge Coaches (Rolling Stock) Alstom India
Power Supply & Traction Ardanuy Ingenieria S.A
KS-1: Signalling, Train Control & Telecommunication Alstom India
KS-2: Automated Fare Collection (AFC) system Axis Bank – Asis Electronik Ve Bilisim Sistemleri JV
KC-02: Construction of viaduct & 6 stations from Aluva – Kalamassery Larsen & Toubro
KC-03: Construction of viaduct & 6 stations from CUSAT – JLN Stadium Larsen & Toubro
KS-04: Construction of viaduct & 5 stations from Kaloor – Ernakulum South Soma Enterprise
KC-05: Construction of viaduct & 5 stations from Kadavanthara – Petta Era – Ranken JV
KC-11: Construction of Muttom Depot McNally Bharat
Detailed Design Consultant (DDC): Petta – Thrippunithura LKT Engineering Pvt. Ltd.
KAC-02: Construction of viaduct from Petta to SN Junction & 2 stations at Vadakkekotta and SN Junction KEC International – China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (KEC-CCECC) JV
KAC-04: Construction of viaduct from SN Junction to Thrippunithura with 1 station at Thrippunithura KEC – VNC JV
Phase 1B Project Management Consultant (PMC): Petta – Thrippunithura Aarvee Associates Architects Engineers & Consultants
Phase 1B Proof Consultancy: S.N. Junction to Thripunithura Technical Bid Evaluation Underway – 4 Bids Received

Kochi Metro History: Key Dates

• 19 June 2017: Aluva – Palarivattom (Line-1) – 13.2 km
• 4 October 2017 – Palarivattom – Maharaja’s College (Line-1) – 5 km
• 3 September 2019 – Maharaja’s College – Thaikoodam (Line-1) – 5.65 km

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