The Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) plans to tie up with hospitals for providing medical aid to passengers in case of an emergency.
The trains will be operational between 6am to 11pm and the medical aid services will be available during this period.
According to The Times of India report, KMRL has planned to set up a medical team with qualified professionals and a medical desk at each Metro station and an ambulance available at a 5km stretch near the metro stations.
"We are looking for hospital which will provide the facility free of cost. In turn, KMRL will provide space for setting up the desk and also provide provisions to place advertisements. The hospital which has tie-up with KMRL will have to bring in all infrastructure and staff required for operating the facility," ToI quotes a KMRL spokesperson as saying.
As per the tie-up policy, the report says that parking of ambulances and other communication should be taken care of, by the hospitals and KMRL will not be responsible for that.
Apart from that, the medical partners should provide treatments at discounted rates to metro smart card holders as well as KMRL employees.
These hospitals would act as medical partners in all the events and initiatives by KMRL.
This partnership will not be done by inviting tenders, as there is no expense involved in it, says the report.
After Kochi metro got a clearance certificate from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), KMRL is all set to launch the train services in the city.
Trial runs from Aluva to Palrivattom 15-metre stretch (first phase) have already began and were successful.
As per reports, KMRL will decide an inauguration date depending on the Prime Ministerâ€™s convenience.
â€śInspections of tracks, signalling and telecommunication systems and trains, stations, fire alarms, CCTV systems and the public information system have been completed. Installation of CCTV, public information and addressing systems will be completed soon,â€ť KMRL MD, Elias George, told the media last week.
The metro trains in Kochi will be operating at 35kmph, including the halting time at stations.
The maximum speed is 80kmph, which was attained during trial runs.