The Union Cabinet gave its nod for the construction of the second phase of the Kochi Metro Rail project, which will travel through 11 stations covering a distance of over 11 kilometers. According to a central government statement preparatory work on the project, including the widening of the road near the airport, is progressing well. The project has been commissioned at an estimated cost of Rs 1,957 crore.
The first phase of the project, which started in Aluva and ended at Petta, is fully operational since December 2014. The phase-I project covers a stretch of 25.6 Km with 22 stations. The cost of phase 1 was Rs 5181.79 crore. The second phase, which was commissioned in 2017 by then Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the presence of Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will be taken up from the JLN Stadium to Infopark, and will also pass Kakkanad.
Kochi Metro Rail project will be one of the most sustainable metro projects in the country with nearly 55% of its energy needs being met by solar power. After its inauguration, the Kochi Metro will cover a distance of at least 38 km with 34 stations.