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PM Modi will flag off India’s first ever Water Metro Project in Kochi on Tuesday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the country’s first water metro that connects ten small islands surrounding the port city of Kochi in Kerala on Tuesday. The metro project will start with eight electric hybrid boats manufactured by the Cochin Shipyard Limited, said water metro officials.

They said the integrated metro system connecting rail, road and water will be a game changer for the state emphasising the need to make use of many inland water bodies that will help decongest existing transport networks. It will provide the cheapest travel through idyllic backwaters of Kochi.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said water metro will bring a major revolution in water transport sector in the state and it will also boost tourism sector. He said energy- efficient and environment-friendly water metro service will change the urban commuting concept. “The water metro will give a new impetus to transport and tourism sectors,” he said.

“Water Metro will have an elite touch with an affordable price tag. We have streamlined 15 routes that cover 75 kms and we expect more electrically- propelled hybrid boats from the Cochin Shipyard,” said Kochi Metro managing director(MD) Loknath Behra, also the former state director general of police (DGP).

Besides single trip tickets, the commuters can also avail weekly, monthly and quarterly passes in water metro.Initially, there will be vessel in every 15 minutes.

 “In Water Metro we use the most advanced Lithium Titanite Spinel batteries. It is the first time such a large number of electric hybrid boats operate as a fleet under one command in a public sector,” said Sajan P John, general manager (operations) of the Kerala Water Metro Limited.

He said the fully air-conditioned boats with wide windows offer a comfortable travel with exotic view of backwaters and will ensure foolproof security. Total cost of the project is ₹1,137 crore. German funding agency KFW and the state government funded the project.

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