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Old June 17th, 2011, 04:41 PM   #1
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Kochi Water Metro | Proposed

This thread is to discuss the development of Proposed Water Metro Project of Kerala Government in city of Kochi, aiming to connect various parts of city with high speed ferry connections
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Old June 17th, 2011, 04:47 PM   #2
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In a major step to revive the canal system in the city by making them navigable, a new project—'Water Metro'—has been suggested by the state government. Talking on the sidelines of the meeting held here on Friday, Water Resources Minister P J Joseph said that if the Kochi Corporation is willing to handover the major canals under it to the Irrigation Department, the state will take necessary steps to implement the project.

"The canal system in the city is a part of its heritage. It is well connected and can serve all the major needs of society, including transportation, communication, irrigation and drainage.

As per the Water Metro project, five major canals, including

1. Thevara - Perandoor Canal,
2. Karakodam Canal,
3. Tripunithara - Edappally Canal,
4. Changadampokku Canal
5. Pandarachal- Pashnithodu - Pallichal Canal
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will be renovated so as to make them navigable. I have already suggested this to the Mayor and he told me that the issue needs to be discussed in the Corporation Council meeting," said Joseph.

He said that the Corporation Council decided to handover the canals to the Irrigation Department, a feasibility study will be conducted to analyse the practical side of the Water Metro project.

Apart from the Water Metro project, the department would also commence the work of the Seaport-Airport waterway within 100 days, the Minister said.

"As the channel of transport for the Seaport-Airport waterway project includes potable water sources, a detailed analysis has already been done on the environmental impact.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/navigatin...36-60-122.html
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Old June 17th, 2011, 04:48 PM   #3
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Inching a step closer to the dream of implementing the ‘Water Metro’ project, the Kochi Corporation authorities on Wednesday expressed their willingness to hand over major canals in the city to the Irrigation Department.

Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany, along with standing committee chairmen T K Ashraf and R Thyagarajan, handed over the copy of the minutes in which the Corporation Council’s consent is recorded, to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Water Resources Minister P J Joseph.

The request letter to the Irrigation Department to take over the canals for revival was also handed over to them. The civic body’s decision in this regard came after Joseph announced here last week that if the Kochi Corporation is willing to hand over the major canals under it to the Irrigation Department, the state will take necessary steps to implement the ‘Water Metro’ project.
The project mainly aims at revamping and modernising the canal system in the city by making them navigable.

The Mayor told Express that the Chief Minister who backed the prestigious project had promised him that the project would be included in this year’s state budget.

“The project, if executed properly, will surely be a blessing to the city. It will not only help improve the transportation, communication and irrigation sectors, but will also help address the issue of waterlogging in the city to a major extent,” Chammany said.

As per the ‘Water Metro’ project, five major canals in the city, including Thevara- Perandoor Canal and Tripunithura- Edappally Canal will be renovated to make them navigable.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/documents...95-60-122.html
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Old June 17th, 2011, 05:27 PM   #4
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Definitely interesting. Hope it sees the light
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Old June 19th, 2011, 03:30 PM   #5
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Airport-Seaport waterway to start

The works for first line of Water Metro is scheduled to start next week.

The Seaport-Airport Waterway, comprises of a 49.5 km line starting from Cochin International Airport (CIAL) to Kochi Harbour via Aluva thro' river Periyar, opening to Vembanadu Lake at Kochi Harbour.

The Government expects to complete the first line within 18 months and once opened, CIAL will be the first airport in the country to have a water public transport connectivity.

The total cost of this project is expected to be Rs 50 crore and part of it would be funded by budgetary support. Remaining would be raised thro' special grants from beneficiary companies like BPCL, CIAL, IGTT etc. CIAL already allotted Rs 3 crore for the project and discussions with BPCL is one.

The route is expected to relieve traffic congestion towards Airport and also to promote tourism.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/...cle2095914.ece

http://iwai.nic.in/wsoniwt/KochiAirp...throughIWT.pdf
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Old June 29th, 2011, 11:36 PM   #6
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The Cities Development Initiatives for Asia (CDIA) officials meet Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany, Deputy Mayor Bhadra and other officials to discuss on Water Metro project. The Cochin Corporation has appointed Manila based CDIA as consultants for the project and linking with other water transport options. A briefing of their studies was presented before Corporation.

The corporation estimates for a Rs 220 crore project and is planned to implement with several lines, to reduce traffic congestion on road and promote public transportation. A separte company will be formed to manage Water Metro.

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The move by the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) to position itself as the gateway to the State is set to advance further with the government nod to initiate the proposal of a waterway connecting the airport with the seaport in Kochi.

“Once it opens up, a ride along this scenic route will make up an integral part of the itinerary of all the backpackers landing here,” said a senior airport official. It will also play a key role in developing the activity of ‘cruise exchange' and expand the airport's core product of aircraft landings, he said.

Cruise exchange

According to the official, there was also a plan for CIAL to hold discussions with the DP World officials to strike a deal in the segment of cruise exchange in an effort to draw more chartered aircraft operators to Kochi. Further, it is also working on a proposal to promote the route by establishing working partnerships with tour operators and other key stakeholders in the sector.

“These proposals are on a liquid stage but initial studies point to a great demand for this route from tourists as it offers sight-seeing right from their landing at the airport,” he said.

As per the statistics available with CIAL, tourist movements accounted about 60 per cent of passenger movement in the domestic and 20 per cent of the international sector. This numbers are set to increase further with the opening of a proposed air-route connecting the five west coast airports including Kochi.

According to tourism sources at the airport, the 49.5-km-long waterway will open up an alternative route for the tourists from Nedumbassery to Alappuzha, a favourite backwater destination.

The Inland Waterways Authority of India, in a survey, has divided the route into three stretches —from the Seaport to Eloor, from Eloor to Kanjoor and from Kanjoor to the airport.

While the primary reach of 23 km is already a part of the National Waterway 3 and will require no improvement, some up gradation works will have to be carried out to develop the second stretch of 26 km through the Periyar.

The final stretch through the Chengalthodu, an extremely silted up tributary of the Periyar, is the most important part that interlinks the airport to the river. The study also envisages the construction of a passenger jetty and a terminal building of 2,000 sq.ft. with all the luxury passenger amenities.

Meanwhile, the IATA Agents Association of India state president P.R Bose has requested the government to extend the water transport facility from Kanjoor to places like Kalady and Malayatoor.

According to him, the move will give a great opportunity to develop tourism in these areas along with developing a waterway transport system in the Periyar.

http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/30/stor...3065270300.htm
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Water transportation will help promote tourism: IAAI

The decision of the government to undertake the project of providing transportation through the rivers and the backwaters of Kerala from Thiruvanathapuram to Kasargode is a very positive and welcome approach by the government.This will indeed give a boost to our historical backwater tourism. The World Travel Mart (WTM) has adjudged Alleppey backwaters as the thirteenth best tourist destination in the world. Due to this fact a lot of tourists are attracted from all over India and the world especially from Europe to this destination.The upcoming project of water transportation throughout Kerala at this juncture will be of great importance notably for the promotion of tourism

The ongoing development project by the government to connect the Kochi International Airport with Kochi city is very attractive. Even though there is no practical benefit for the users and passengers travelling through the airport in general, this will be of great happiness and immense pleasure for the tourists travelling within India and the world. The travel through the interiors of Kerala backwaters enjoying each and every moment of natural beauty and the travel through the Periyar river will give tourists an exclusive and exquisite experience to remember for a lifetime.

The IAAI (IATA Agents Association of India) Kerala state president, P B Boss has requested the government to extend the proposed water transport facility from Kanjoor to Kochi to the internationally recognised tourist destinations of Kalady and Malayattoor also which lies close to Kanjoor and the Kochi International Airport.This will give a far reaching opportunity to promote and increase the tourism industry in the years ahead.

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A water metro system? That is original.
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Friends, its not any train/Metro system running over water. Rather its inland ferry system, comprising of several modern boats stopping at designated points and transporting people. The Minister in charge of Irrigation eariler called the first line as Water Metro, a brand name.

Currently Kochi has two ferry systems- Ernakulam Central Jetty - Embarkation Jetty in W.Island- Fort Kochi; Vypeen-Fort Kochi RO-RO and limited services to few other points. One line is operated by SWTD and another by Cochin Passenger Ferry on behalf of SWTD.

Whereas there is a mega plan to bring all ferry lines to one company and intregrated with other transport options. Still the project is in planning stage only. Currently multiple agencies are planning multiple lines. Some are

1. Ernakulam Central-Vypeen-Goshree Island Service by GIDA. The Service will commence in two months time with a new double decker boat soon in the city with an air-conditioned upper deck as first class and regular service in lower deck

2. Kadambayar Navigation project- District Administration, KSINC. The service aims to connect Vytilla Mobility Hub to Infopark/Smart City area via ferry.

3. Seaport-Airport Line- KSINC, Irrigation Dept, District Administration. The ferry service aims to connect Fort Kochi, W.island, Ernakulam Central to Cochin International Airport via Kochi Channel and Periyar River. The original alignment was via Periyar River. But due to environmental concerns, alternate routes are being worked on to reach Airport, without affecting the main river area, as it being main drinking water source for the city.

4. VMH-Fort Kochi line- KSINC, Cochin Corporation. The Service map is the one you see in the above pic, is the latest to be planned. It intends to connect VMH to Fort Kochi, via City centre thro' Chilavoor Lake, Thevera and connect to West Kochi island points of Thoppumpady, Mattancherry and W.Island Customs Jetty.

5. Then you have a non-starter project planned by Cochin Corporation for starting multiple ferry services under brand- CATS, connecting main points in main city and islands. Likewise eariler Irrigation department has announced Thripunithara-Edapally Canal project. There is existing canal, but at many places reclaimation and illegal occupation were reported. It requires clearing of these structures to revive the project.

Anyways, I pin my hopes on first 4 lines. If so, they can take off half of the traffic which Kochi roads reels under.......
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