Rail Analysis India June Digital Magazine 2018 - Page 10

12 | Article Article | 11 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH Mr Thiruman Archunan director Projects, kochi metro Images Credit : KOCHI METRO Mr Thiruman Archunan Director - Projects Kochi Metro Rail Limited ‘‘ Incharge of All Civil works related to KMRL( Kochin metro rail limited): construction of metro stations, viaduct, track, depot, and others works related to Roads, improvements to city landscape, Place making and other NMT ( Non- motorised transport) related works, modernised ferry services etc. ’’ www.railanalysis.com Firstly, Congratulations for completing one year of operations, please share your experience with our readers on working with Kochi Metro? What have been the challenges in the first year of operations? My association with Kochi Metro Started on August 2016 when the construction of first reach was in hectic phase and company was gearing up for the safety clearances from commissioner of Railway Safety. It is very glad to share that we could complete all the works satisfactorily and drive through all the approvals very smoothly and operations could start on June 2017 as per target. The commissioning of first stage 13.4 Km with 11 Stations is completed in a record time of less than 4 years. celebration, free ride was made available to public on 19th June 2018 on which around 1.5 Lakhs passengers enjoyed Metro which showed the excitement of people to use metro facility and KMRL too handled the largest crowd without any operational problem. Even though our system is one of the most advanced in the world operation without failures and causalities will be the greatest challenge of all Operating Metros especially in its initial stages. Kochi Metro have completed remarkable one year without any major failures & casualties providing a new pathway of safe & efficient Metro Service. The first year of operation was very hopeful as well as challenging one. It’s our pleasure to share that around 1.5 crore persons have used Kochi Metro in its first year of operation with an average of 35000 commuters per day. This is one of the great achievement by any metro in its initial & partial commissioning stage. Also as part of its first anniversary www.railanalysis.com