The Phase II of the Kochi Metro project running from JLN Stadium to Infopark via Kakkanad for a distance of 11.2 km has been included in the Union Budget 2021-22 at an estimated cost of Rs 1957.05 crore.
The project will connect the Central City of Ernakulam to IT hub Infopark and District headquarters Kakkanad. It will also interconnect Palarivattom, residential areas like Aalinchuvadu and Chembumukku.
Infopark is known as largest IT hub of Kerala and Kakkanad is the place where the district headquarters and major residential and commercial hub with industrial area like SEZ is located.
According to Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. (KMRL), the alignment consisting of 11.2 km via duct and 11 elevated metro stations will inter-connect existing Phase-I corridor at JLN Stadium Metro station.
“By connecting Phase-I to Phase-II, passengers will get a seamless travel experience. The project is planned to be completed in four years,” the KMRL was quoted as saying by the metrorailnews.in.
Reportedly, Phase II of the project is slated to provide multi-modal integration with Bus system, Water Transport-Ferry system, Public Bicycle etc.
At Infopark-II station, the metro will act as a feeder service of Silverline - the planned flagship semi-high-speed railway line between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasarkode.
The Phase-II metro corridor will integrate with Water metro at Kakkanad Jetty and at Infopark Jetty.
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