Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has inaugurated the first route and terminal buildings of Kochi Water Metro, a project to connect the islands around the city using state-of-the-art boats.
The route from Vyttila, one of the busiest traffic hubs in the city, to Kakkanad, the IT hub, was inaugurated by the Chief Minister through video-conferencing. Commercial operations are likely to start next month after obtaining the statutory clearance certificate. “Water Metro is an affordable and environment friendly transport system,” said the chief minister. Kerala CM said, “The 520 km long first phase of the national waterways dedicated to the nation. The inauguration of the eco-friendly mode marks the beginning of a new chapter in infrastructure development. In these past 5 years, the State has made a quantum leap in mobility and transportation sectors.” The Water Metro project was actually scheduled for official inauguration on February 22.