India’s first water-based metro, Kochi Water Metro recorded a footfall of 6,559 passengers on the first day of service.
The water metro was formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, April 25. The commercial operations started at 7 am on Wednesday and closed at 8 pm. Initially, the service — an eight electric-hybrid boats — will ply on two routes of High Court-Vypin and Vyttila- Kakkanad. On its first day, the water metro operated every 15 minutes in the High Court-Vypin route from both terminals. The service on the Vyttila-Kakkanad route began on Thursday.
A one-of-its-kind project connecting Kochi’s islands, the metro fare is economical. The single journey ticket fare for the High Court-Vypin route is Rs 20. The fare for Vyttila- Kakkanad route is Rs 30. Other than single-journey tickets, Kochi Water Metro will also have weekly, monthly and quarterly passes. As an inaugural offer, commuters can enjoy discounts on the purchase of various trip passes.
A weekly trip pass with 12 trips is priced at Rs 180, while the monthly trip passes are valid for 30 days, enabling 50 trips at a cost of Rs 600. The quarterly pass is priced at Rs 1,500 and would enable passengers to avail 150 trips within the period of 90 days.
Commuters would also be able to use the ‘Kochi One Card’ for travelling in the Kochi Water Metro. The Mobile QR tickets could be booked through Kochi One app.