The first of the 23 well-ventilated, battery-powered ₹ 747 cr Kochi Water Metro project, was delivered by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) to Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) here this Friday morning.
The 50-man canoe was named Muziris – also known as Muziris – the most developed port of BC – and is said to be located in the village of Pattanam, about 15 miles[25 km]from Kochi.
Madhumita Behera, wife of MD Loknath Behera of KMRL, was a major guest on the ship’s delivery project. Among those present were Mr. Behera, CMD of CSL Madhu S. Nair, GM of Water Metro Shaji Janardhanan, Addl. GM Sajan P. John, KMRL – KR Kumar and DK Sinha, CSL – Bijoy Bhaskar and VJ Jose and CSL GM, Shivakumar.
CMD of CSL Madhu S.Nair, MD of KMRL Loknath Behera and Madhumita Behera, wife of Loknath Behera, boarded the first Water Metro train provided by CSL to KMRL on Friday. Photo: Special preparation
Four more Water Metro vessels are expected to be launched in the coming months. They will board the first ship to run the test, mainly on the Vyttila-Kakkanad highway, which is expected to be operational soon after April. Each boat has a value of over ₹ 7.30 cr.
23 boats will be appreciated by 55 other small boats – each with a capacity of 25 – in the coming years, as part of the Water Metro project.
This is the first time in the world that a state-run water-powered water system, with its large fleet, has a battery. These vessels use lithium titanate oxide (LTO) batteries – known to be the most recent and the safest in battery life, and capable of quick charge. Can be charged within 10 to 15 minutes, while riders go down / up. The boats can have a rear generator, which only works on its own, in case of any battery problem, KMRL said.
Floating jackets should be available in 38 holes, making the boats lame and friendly for the elderly. The powerless model is designed to run at 10-knots (18 km / h), which is much faster than conventional boats operating in Kerala.
Inside the Water Metro boat delivered by CSL to KMRL on Friday. Photo: Special preparation
Boats with large windows that provide an unusual back-and-forth view of the banks and banks, for travelers and tourists passing through the 76 kms route. The contents are similar to the Kochi Metro, in the same category. These boats are designed to produce minimal waves on narrow tracks despite high speeds and provide a comfortable ride for travelers. Automated boat engineers should be monitored continuously from the Operating Control Center (OCC) at the Vytilla Mobility Hub.
As a result, the Kochi Water Metro will be a seasonal water connection system to improve water flow connectivity, with 78 ferries connecting 38 terminals located at a distance of 76 km.