A new urban rail network will launch in the Indian city of Kochi in June 2016.
The Economic Times reported officials as saying this week that trials of the new transport system are scheduled to get underway by the start of next year, with full operations to start in the summer.
Costing an estimated INR51.8 billion (US$832 million) to develop, the Kochi Metro will initially stretch almost 17km from the suburb of Aluva to the Maharajas College, in the centre of the Kerala city. The line will have 16 stops, including the two terminal stations. The line would then be extended in a second phase, with eight more stations.
French company Alstom has already won the bid to supply 75 coaches for the Kochi Metro. These will be manufactured domestically however, at the Alstom’s plant in Tamil Nadu.
The newspaper cited Delhi Metro principal advisor E Sreedharan as saying that the project would be complete in a “time-bound manner”. He was speaking after a high-level meeting of officials of Delhi Metro Rail Corp and their Kochi counterparts.