The route marks the first stretch handled by the KMRL, as the earlier 25 km-long Aluva-Pettah stretch was constructed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

A Kochi Metro train approaching the stationRepresentative / Kochi Next
news Metro Monday, February 14, 2022 - 11:40

The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has conducted a successful trial run of the Pettah-SN Junction route of the metro. Amid fanfare, the train completed the trial run between midnight of Sunday, January 13, and 4 am on Monday. The route marks the first stretch handled by the KMRL, as the earlier 25 km-long Aluva-Pettah stretch was constructed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Another trial run will also take place during the day on Monday, February 14.

The KMRL began work for the Pettah-SN Junction (phase 1-A extension) in December 2019, and the 1.8 km-long metro corridor has been constructed at a cost of Rs 453 crore, according to a release by the corporation. About 95% of the work at the stations has reportedly been completed, with the rest scheduled to be completed soon. The tracks were cleared on Sunday for the trial run.

Apart from conducting the trial run, the KMRL said that more trains will be added to the Aluva-Pettah corridor from Monday, as COVID-19 curbs in the state were eased. With this, during peak hours, trains will operate every 7 minutes and 30 seconds and every 9 minutes during off-peak hours.

According to The Hindu, the KMRL’s phase 1-B extension from SN Junction to Thirupunithura is also in its final stages of completion. About 80% of civil work has been completed in parts of the 1.2 km stretch, and the complete land acquisition for the project is expected to be complete soon as well, the report states. As part of the extension, a two-lane bridge parallel to the old bridge in Pettah was also built.

After the number of COVID-19 cases began to decline in Kerala, the state government had earlier decided to reopen schools for students of Class 1-9 From February 7. In a meeting with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, it was also decided that non-resident Keralites and foreign nationals flying into the state would only be tested for the coronavirus if they were symptomatic.

Read the other COVID-19 curbs that were eased in the state: Kerala to resume physical classes for students from Feb 7

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