Water Metro terminal at Fort Kochi gets green signal
This article was published on : July 10, 2019
The long pending boat terminal, at Fort Kochi, a part of the Kochi Water Metro project has finally received a go ahead following a study by the Dept of Ocean Engineering, IIT Madras. The Metro body has put up a clarification stating that the project will not be any hindrance to the iconic Chinese fishing nets in the area.
The study included simulation study to assess navigational safety, wind and wave hindcasting study and weather downtime analysis. This study was carried out to assess the weather conditions and navigational safety, which are a prominent part when it comes to check the maneuverability of boats. With plans to have a last mile connectivity, Kochi Metro will team up with the Cochin Smart Mission Ltd (CSML) to develop the area. The team has carried out studies to check about the possibility of constructing the terminal at existing Ro-RO Jetty. KMRL held discussions with the owners of the Chinese fishing nets and the study report was handed over to them. The fishing net owners are also convinced that their nets would not be damaged.
The Water Metro terminals would be fully modernized. The project consists of a modern fare collection system, centralised operations, Kochi1 card, automated crowd control and public spaces.