Inauguration of the Kochi Metro’s new stretch
The Kochi Metro’s new stretch from Maharaja’s College junction to Thykoodam was inaugurated on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated services in the new stretch at a function presided over by Union Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, in the presence of Catherine Suard, Consul General of France in Pondichery and Chennai, Bruno Bosle, Director of the French Agency for development and several other dignitaries.
All dignitaries travelled on the first Metro service from Maharaja’s College junction to reach Kadavanthra station to attend the inaugural function at Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
The newly-inaugurated five-kilometre stretch, which extends from Maharaja’s Junction to Thykoodam bridge, takes the total distance covered by the Kochi Metro so far to around 24 kms.
The Kochi metro project is supported & co-financed by AFD.
A very Good Afternoon, Bonjour, NAMASKARAM !
Hon’ble Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs,
M. HARDEEP SINGH PURI,
Hon’ble Chief Minister, M. PINARAYI VIJAYAN,
Hon’ble Minister of transport, M. SASSEENDRAN
Hon’ble Mayor of Kochi Corporation, Mrs. Soumini JAIN
Hon’ble Secretary (MoHUA – Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs) & Chairman, KMRL – Kochi Metro Rail Limited,
Mr. DURGA SHANKER MISHRA,
Hon’ble dignitaries on dais,
my German & French colleagues as well as the people of Kochi present here.
I am honored to participate to this ceremony and would like to express my sincere congratulations to the KMRL team for this impressive achievement:
Thanks to your continuous efforts and the city of Kochi & Government commitments, the 25.60 kms and 22 stations of this Metro line from Aluva to Petta have been delivered in a timely and efficient manner.
Since the inauguration of the first stretch of Metro by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in 2017, this metro is strengthening the public transportation system for the 2.1 million residents of Kochi, decongesting the city center and improving the air quality.
I am glad that the project has been an important platform for French expertise towards Systems Packages including Rolling Stock, Traction System and Signalling & Telcom. Thanks to French Companies such as ALSTOM, ALCATEL, VOSSLOH COGIFER, FAIVELEY, ATOS and so many others, participating to “Make in India”.
The metro of Kochi has also introduced several innovations such as
(i) a modern train control ensuring the safety of the passenger and the use of Solar energy which covers today 25% of electricity needs,
(ii) the open loop card that can be used outside the metro system as a commercial debit card
(iii) and also - and you will understand that I am particularly satisfied to underline it - the large participation of women to the operation and maintenance activities (68 engineers, 7 drivers, the close collaboration of KMRL with a local NGO, KUDUMBASHREE, employing 682 women).
These results and innovations are inspiring others projects.
To conclude, I would like to mention that promoting sustainable and efficient modes of transportation is one of the core areas of cooperation between France and India, highlighted during the last State visit of President Macron in March 2018.
Through the financings of the French Development Agency – AFD, but also through the mobilization of French public and private expertise for improving the public transportation system, we wish to contribute to the Indian Government’s ambition to develop accessible, safe and efficient public transport in India’s cities.
Here in Kochi as in others key cities, France is committed with its European partners, particularly our German friends, to support India’s ambition of transforming urban mobility by 2024.
Thank you for your kind attention!
In 2014, AFD signed a Project Agreement of EUR 180 million with the Government of India to finance the phase I of the project. Following the tender organized in 2013, French companies have taken an active and large participation within the infrastructure component :
- ROLLING STOCK : Alstom for coaches, Faiveley for brakes, Mafelec for exterior lights, Nexans SA for electrical cables;
- TRACTION SYSTEM : Alstom and Railtech for third rail component;
- SIGNALLING & TELCOM : Alstom, Alcatel, Vossloh Cogifer, Eolane, Atos, Pentair.
The added value of the AFD support is the mobilization of several Technical Assistance Programs which are still on-going :
- « FEXTE Mobilité », funded through a Euro 0.8 million grant (FEXTE - Fonds d’expertise technique et d’échanges d’expériences - Fund for Technical Expertise and Experience Transfers). This TA Program (implemented from 2014 to 2017), has provided the best of French expertise through CODATU, SYTRAL, EGIS rail and URBALYON:
- Preparation of the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) framework with the support of SYTRAL and CODATU ;
- 3 pilot projects (pedestrian ways, junction improvement, development of Vyttila Mobility Hub) with the support of URBALYON and EGIS Rail.
- « Mobilize your city – MYC »: Kochi metro is also benefitting from the French/German initiative “MYC” financed by a grant agreement of EUR 3.5 million. Since 2018, the program is supporting a public policy dialogue among urban mobility stakeholders aiming to identify key actions/projects and to prepare a road map to achieve these goals. One of the main themes identified is the improvement of the physical and modal integration between the two main railway stations (North Station and South Station). The objective is to propose a development of this corridor to increase traffic. French consultants will be mobilized in the 4th quarter of 2019 to work on this important project for the city.