Kochi Metro invites fresh ideas to make Phase II commuter-friendly – The New Indian Express

Express News Service

KOCHI: Kochi has a lot to look forward to, and the Center expects to approve the second phase of Kochi Metro soon. And in search of new ideas and technologies that can be incorporated into the designs for new stations, the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has assembled a team of specialists, including young people.

An official of Kochi Metro said the station designs for the expansion of the second phase will be completely different from the existing ones. The 11.20 km Phase II network from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to Infopark, Kakkanad, will have 10 stations.

With new designs, robotic assistance and easier access to platforms, the Kochi Metro journey is all set to scale up its commuter-friendly methods. Trainees and young engineers and technicians are called upon to come up with fresh ideas and designs.

“We plan to deploy not only robots to assist commuters, but also virtual and digital bulletin boards. New types of LED advertising with virtual reality and 3D imaging will be introduced, and talks are underway with global technical partners. The idea is to use the digital platform to bring in new generation advertising as Kerala is lagging behind in that sector,” said KMRL MD Loknath Behera.

Behera also expressed confidence in receiving the nod from the Center for its work in the second phase. A senior Kochi Metro official said means will be devised to help commuters get to the platforms faster. “The new stations will be more commuter friendly. At some of the existing stations, commuters have to go to the concourse level and then go up to reach the platform. Such inconveniences will be avoided in the coming stations,” the official said.

Based on the suggestions and complaints from commuters, especially women, metro stations will also get better lighting. “We accept sincere suggestions and opinions from the public regarding all our stations and their activities. We are bringing technology in to alleviate the problems of commuters. That will also generate revenue for the metro,” the official said.

What’s new?

  • The 11.20 km Phase II from Kochi Metro to Infopark, Kakkanad, will have 10 stations

  • New metro station designs are invited by young minds

  • Team consists of interns and young engineers and technicians

  • Unlike existing stations, new stations will be small and adopt new technologies

  • Focus on scaling commuter-friendly methods

  • Station-based advertising based on LEDs with virtual reality, 3D and robotic assistance

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