29 March 2020

Project Focus

God’s Own Metro

Kochi is the first tier-2 city in the country to be granted a metro under the Union Government’s scheme. Consequently, the foundation stone for Kochi Metro Rail was laid by the former Prime Minister of India on September 12, 2012 at Kochi.

After the project was sanctioned, the Government of Kerala and the Board of Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. took a decision to nominate DMRC as the executing agency for the project in view of the company’s proven expertise in the area. KMRL has set for itself very tight timelines for the completion of the Kochi Metro Rail project and is confident of its implementation as per schedule.

Kochi Metro and DMRC have concluded an agreement for the implementation of the project, which attempts to balance the roles and responsibilities of both organisations, while ensuring the project is completed on time.  A key feature of this agreement is that a part of the project executing team would be staff recruited by KMRL and seconded to DMRC. Joint consultative and co-ordination mechanisms have also been incorporated into the Agreement for ensuring that both organisations work seamlessly for the efficient and timely execution of the project.

Around 45 per cent of the project cost is proposed to be funded by borrowings, for which KMRL is looking at a funding package comprising of domestic debt as well as external loans. In view of the tight schedules for the project, KMRL’s funding plan is to source domestic funds immediately and to avail overseas loans as soon as they become available.

The objective of the project is to build a world class, state-of-the-art urban transport system for the city of Kochi that will not only facilitate rapid and easy passenger movement, but also will act as a catalyst for the urban renewal of the city of Kochi and its balanced development.

The Kochi Metro rail which is being developed as a passenger friendly metro system will run from Aluva to Pettah. Each station of Kochi Metro is planned to have a minimum of four elevators and four lifts, apart from the stairs to reach the platforms. All 22 stations will be 81 metre long with platforms on either side.

The KMRL will be using a Standard gauge rail of 1435 mm width in the Metro. From station to station the running time will be approximately two minutes. Kochi Metro will be an up-to-the-minute mass transportation system, with air-conditioned and pollution-free coaches. The metro train will have three to six cars and it would be able to carry around two hundred passengers at a time. As per specifications, each three-coach rake of Kochi Metro must have a ‘crush load’ (maximum coach capacity) of 975 passengers – 136 sitting and 839 standing. The centre coach will have more capacity.

The French multinational company Alstom has secured a Rs.750 crore order for the supply of 75 coaches for the Kochi Metro Rail project. The coaches will be manufactured at Alstom’s unit at Space City in Tamil Nadu.. On 11th August 2014, the financial bid was opened at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) head office.  The bid for the coaches is the biggest single contract of the Rs.5,181-crore Kochi Metro, which is scheduled for commissioning in June 2016.

KMRL  plans to build a cost effective metro for Kochi, while at the same time ensuring that the modern features available in metros worldwide are available to the commuters of Kochi also. This is the reason for the introduction of the CBTC system which will enhance train operation efficiency and safety.

KMRL in conjunction with the State Government as well as Cochin Corporation and GCDA will also lead an effort to modernise and improve the total transportation network of Kochi by implementing the concept of the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) where all the transportations system in the city will function together seamlessly. The Metro rail is expected to not only reduce the traffic in the city but also bring about a subtraction in pollution caused by the numerous lines of private and public vehicles.



The construction of first Kochi Metro Rail station has begun near Aluva.  As on August 2014, overall 24 percent of the civil work has been completed. The following is the status of work completed on various reaches:

  • Reach 1    32%,
  • Reach 2    30%,
  • Reach 3    23 % 
  • Reach 4    3.5%


All the system tenders are currently under finalisation and will be completed by Oct 2014.

Expected date of completion: 18 km of the route is expected to be completed by 2016 and the last 8 km by 2017

Land Acquisition for entry points (located on road sides) to almost all stations is over. The standardised station structure is finalised, while the exterior designs will have a regional touch based on themes readied by the Indian Institute of Architects



KMRL had assigned M/s. RITES to undertake a feasibility study regarding possible metro extensions, as part of Phase II of the Kochi Metro Rail Project.  Accordingly RITES have conducted studies of three prospective routes: JLN Stadium to Kakkanad, Aluva to Kochi Airport and Angamaly; as well as to West Kochi. The DPR for the JLN-Kakkanad segment has been prepared, while the other DPRs are expected to be finalised shortly.



Name of the project: Kochi Metro Rail


  • A fully elevated Metro corridor of length 25.612 Km
  • 22 stations and 1 Depot
  • Alignment along North South axis on National Highway- From Aluva to Petta
  • Requirement of Land – 40.409 hectares
  • Estimated project cost: Rs.5181.79 crore
  • External debt proposed: Rs. 2170 crore
  • Third rail, Communication Based Train Control system
  • Rolling Stock- Standard Gauge –International competitive Tender won by Alstom 
  • Extension to Airport and Infopark in 2nd phase.


Expected date of completion: 8 km of the route to be completed by 2016 and the last 8 km by 2017


External funding Rs. 2170 crore:

AFD - 180 million Euros 

Canara Bank - Rs.1170 crore



Metro Stations

Scope of work

Awarded to

Aluva to Kalamassery (KC2 )

Viaduct and 6 Station Buildings

M/s. Larsen & Toubro, Chennai

Kalamassery to JLN Stadium (KC3)

Viaduct and 6 Station Buildings

M/s. Larsen & Toubro, Chennai

JLN Stadium to Ernakulam Junction Station (KC4)

 Viaduct and 5 Station Buildings

M/s. Soma Enterprises Limited,Pune

Ernakulam Junction to Petta (KC5)

Viaduct and 5 Station Buildings


Independent safety and quality auditors: A consortium of DB International GmbH, Leap Infraasys Pvt. Ltd and SMEC India Pvt. Ltd.


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