The Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) successfully conducted the trial run on its Phase 1-A extension from Petta to SN Junction on Monday, 14th February 2022 morning. The Metro train ‘Vaigai’ began the trial run on the new track from the second platform of Petta station at 12am and the first stretch of the trial run culminated at SN Junction station at 12.56am. The trial continued until 4.30am.
The trial run stretch is the first stretch constructed by KMRL. The 25-km stretch from Aluva to Pettah was constructed by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
The completion of the construction of the line in 27 months is also considered as a major achievement, amid the Covid-induced lockdowns and related restrictions. The construction of the Phase 1-A extension began in October 2019.
The trial run is being supervised by a team of KMRL officials comprising the director (system) D K Sinha, chief general manager A R Rajendran and general managers Vinu Koshy and Mani Venkad. The total distance of the line, which is expected to be commissioned within a few months, is 1.8km. But the trial run was conducted on 2-km-long new track towards Tripunithura side.
The Metro will have one stop at Vadakkekkotta between Petta and SN Junction. KMRL has informed that the works of the Vadakkekkotta and SN Junction stations are in its final stage.
The total cost of the Phase 1-A extension from Petta to SN Junction is Rs 453 crore. Among the total amount, Rs 99 crore was spent for land acquisition for the construction of two Metro stations. Meanwhile, the works of Phase 1-B extension from SN Junction to Tripunithura are also under progress.