Trivandrum Metro Project feasibility report to be submitted to the government next week

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Date of Post : 10 Aug, 2017

Earlier this week , DMRC , The consultant for the Metro Rail System in Trivandrum submitted the feasibility report to the Kerala Rapid Transit Corporation Ltd (KRTL), the special purpose vehicle set up to execute the Transit System and shall submit the report to the government next week .

It has been proposed that the initial proposal for 19 stations will be extended to 21 stations. DMRC says land will have to be acquired only for 2 station and that extending the elevated light metro corridor by another two km from Karamana along the NH 66 median, proceeding to Kaliyikkavila, is feasible.

Salient Features of Earlier Proposal :

  • System : Light Metro Rail
  • Route Length : 21.821 Kms (Fully Elevated)
  • Number of Stations : 19
  • Estimated Completion Cost : Rs. 4219 Cr.
  • Estimated Completion Period : 5 years                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Earlier Stations :

1.Technocity , 2.Pallipuram , 3.Kaniyapuram , 4.Kazhakoottam Jn , 5.Kazhakoottam , 6.Karyavattom , 7.Gurumandiram , 8.Pangappara , 9.Sreekaryam , 10.Pongumoodu , 11.Ulloor , 12.Kesavadasapuram ,13.Pattom  14.Plamoodu , 15.Palayam , 16.Secretariat , 17.Thampanoor , 18.Killipalam , 19.Karamana

    Map : Source

History of the Line :

  1. The Government of Kerala , earlier , entrusted the National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC), an autonomous research body under the State Government, to conduct the feasibility study of the proposal to build a monorail system in Thiruvananthapuram.
  2. However, the DMRC was later entrusted with the task. DMRC principal advisor E. Sreedharan submitted the DPR to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on 11 December 2012.
  3. A special purpose vehicle (SPV) was created in October 2012.
  4. On 28 August 2014, the State Government decided to use Metro, instead of Monorail, in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, mainly due to cost overruns. Though slightly costlier, Metro has several advantages, such as easy raising of capacity, DMRC’s expertise in the field and more number of companies who can bid for the project.


 GAUGE  Standard (1435 mm)
 CIVIL  STRUCTURES  Concrete deck with precast segmental construction supported on piers of about 1.6 metre diameter, generally  located on the median of the road
 TRAIN SET  3 cars initially, 4 cars later
 Voltage  750 V DC
 Power Supply  source  Two independent receiving Grid Substations of KSEB.
 SCADA system  Provided
 Method of  supply  Through third rail
 TRAIN SET   3 cars initially, 4 cars later


 General  18.0m long, 2.7m wide modern rolling stock with ring bolster bogies and aluminium or stainless steel body
 Axle load  13.0 t
 Capacity of 3 coach  600 passengers with 6 persons/sqm. 750 passengers with 8 persons/sqm.


 Type of Signalling  Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) with cab Signalling and ATO.
 Telecommunication  Integrated System with Fibre Optic Cable, SCADA, Train Radio, PA system etc.


Automatic Fare Collection System with combination of Contactless Smart Card for multiple journeys and Contactless Smart Token for single Journey

Update :

Technocity-Karamana corridor to Pappanamcode has been found feasible by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the turnkey consultant for the MRTS in the capital and Kozhikode.

In its proposal, the DMRC has said that extending the elevated light metro corridor by another two km from Karamana along the NH 66 median, proceeding to Kaliyikkavila, is feasible.

The feasibility report will be submitted to the government with the recommendations of the SPV next week .

Pic Credit : Ajithpithu | Image Source

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