In what is as some really good news for citizens, Kochi Metro Rail (KMRL), which is aimed at reducing city’s commuting problems to a large extent, began its service trial today. The trial began on the Aluva-Palarivattom stretch, two days after it secured fitness nod from rail safety panel. Press Trust of India, quoting Kochi Metro official, reported that a number of three-car trains were used for the service trials between Aluva station and Palarivattom. “KMRL started service trials with multiple trains today at 6 am. This will go up to 10 pm. The headway was 11.5 minutes and there will be 142 trips today,” a KMRL spokesperson was quoted as saying by PTI. The report further said that service trials will continue tomorrow too with 4 trains. The official said that operations in the 13-km stretch were being conducted, and the testing signals, communications systems and functioning of trains were examined. KMRL Managing Director, Elias George, had earlier revealed that service trials will begin soon.
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The service, which is likely to be thrown open soon on commercial run. The trial had started after the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety gave clearance certificate to the Metro. George revealed that first phase of the Kochi Metro Project is the first of its kind to get the fastest safety clearance, compared to other metro projects in India. Earlier George, citing CMRS, had said that KMRL stations are the best in India. “It is so overwhelming to share with you that the Kochi Metro is also the first metro in India to cover a longest distance of 13 km in its first phase,” George said. “Quarterly targets will be set for timely completion of the project,” Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said about the project earlier last year. Earlier, it was reported that Vijayan himself will keep a track of the project at each meeting.