Kochi Metro Flags Off

Ever since the construction of Kochi Metro began in June 7, 2013 the Kochi residents had a tough time commuting through the city. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) barricaded roads and diverted traffic which resulted in traffic blocks and congestions. People had to travel long hours to reach their destinations. The dirt and dust from the construction sites made them sick. Often water and power supply were disrupted when underground pipelines and cables were damaged. There were people who lost their livelihood and businesses due to metro works. Some lost land as the government carried out land acquisition.

It was not easy living in a city which massive construction works took place. However, Kochi Metro Rail Limited is the country’s first government agency to hire transgender people. The PM commended the Kochi Metro’s ‘Make in India’ vision. He also spoke about the importance of a “people-centric approach” to infrastructure development. Nearly 1000 women and 23 transgenders are being selected to work in Kochi Metro rail system. It took 45 months to complete phase 1 – 13kms, 11 stations and the total time it takes from Aluva to Palarivattom is reduced from 45 minutes (in usual traffic) on road to 23.

The full plan for the Metro is to cover 25kms. Each station of the Kochi Metro will showcase a theme, such as maritime history, western ghats as well as the local history of the city, among others. Each station will also have solar panels, which will focus on producing 35 per cent of the total power usage. The construction of the Kochi Metro began in 2013 and was tasked to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The DMRC which was once headed by Mr E Sreedharan, who also acted as an advisor in the new project. According to the Kochi Metro website, the project cost an estimated Rs. 5,180 crore. The fare will vary from a minimum of Rs. 15 to a maximum of Rs. 30.

Apart from the regular tickets, it has also adopted a single card, single timetable and a singular command and control. This debit card along with the Kochi One Mobile App will allow passengers to access all modes of public transportation as well as be utilized for mercantile and internet transactions and will introduce the ‘click and collect’ feature in the near future where goods ordered online can be collected in the metro stations. In November 2016, KMRL began the land acquisition process for an extension of the metro up to Infopark. KMRL will widen the Kakkanad-Infopark corridor to a 22-metre-wide stretch, and construct metro pillars in the centre of the stretch. Palarivattom Junction, Palarivattom Bypass Junction and Collectorate Junction will also be widened. The 11.2 km extension will link Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium to Infopark via Kakkanad, and is estimated to cost ?2,024 crore (US$310 million).

Worst Saturday In A Long Time

I hate my life. I am such a loser. I am in a situation that is of my own doing because I am too lazy. And I don’t know how I am going to get through it. I am stuck with no knowing what to do for the next few days and come Monday I have no idea how I am going to face things. And it’s all my fault. I just hope I can fast forward the days until this is sorted out but I am still not sure as to when it will get sorted out.

And today was an awful day as well. I was at home as I have to be at home and not only do I have be bothered about this, I couldn’t really enjoy myself or relax. I keep fidgeting and fussing and worrying about this problem which isn’t going to go away. Before I knew it, it was already 5pm. I showered and I got coffee and…..the internet went out. A quick check revealed that my ISP had a city wide outage which means it would only come back on by 8:15 pm or so. And then the power went out! But it was back on in less than 45 minutes.

So I plan to relax with a drink – vodka with apple juice if you are interested – and I ordered in some fried rice with chicken tikka and butter chicken for dinner with the parents. Later I will watch a movie or maybe some episode of my fav shows. I hope Sunday is better.