The Kochi Metro Experience: A valuable contribution to the history of Indian metros

The Kochi Metro Experience: A valuable contribution to the history of Indian metros
Marion Hoyez
Chargée de projets
CODATU News Wednesday 18 October 2017

To highlight the
many learnings gathered during the two-year Technical Cooperation between AFD (French Agency for Development), SYTRAL (Transport Authority of the city of Lyon, France), CODATU and KMRL (Kochi Metro Rail Limited), and emphasize on the great contributions made by KMRL to the metro world, the French team, with the support of KMRL, prepared a document intended for any organization willing to take-up a metro project.

The document is organized around five core values, which were identified as the keys to the success of a metro project, starting from the INSPIRATION which is at the origin of the project, which defines its ambition and strenght, and which sets the mindset for the future teamwork. Then comes the notion of INTEGRATION which establishes that a metro alone will not be the answer to the mobility challenges of a city, and will not bring the expected wind of change, unless the network is seamlessly integrated to other modes of transport, and smartly integrated to the urban fabric. Simultaneoulsy, INNOVATION shall lead every new entreprise, at the technical as well as the societal levels. And, ultimately, the success of the project depends on the capacity to involve the citizens, through an interactive dialog and a professional COMMUNICATION. Finally, a good project will need to be nurtured by the past experiences of other metro networks and transport authorities, through a close COOPERATION with foreign and nationals entities.

If KMRL is now being recognized and awarded at the national and international levels, it is largely because of their passion and dedication, and deep involvment in the five listed values.

A Mobility Game for Kochi

As an complementary document, the French Team has prepared a game which consists in helping three citizens of Kochi – Latysheva, Arun and Krishna – to move around in the city, using Public Transport, considering the future extensions of the metro, the bus and the water transport network. You will also find a number of figures and facts about Kochi Public Transport network, as well as the recent initiatives of KMRL to promote walking, clycling, and provide last mile connectivity to the commuters.

Play with Latysheva, Arun and Krishna!






For more information on the Technical Cooperation, please visit our “Kochi” page available on this website.

Read the article published in the November 2017 issue of “Friends of Europe“, showcasing Kochi as a Smart-City!


Partenaires associés

Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

L’Agence Française de Développement (AFD) agit depuis soixante-dix ans pour lutter contre la pauvreté et favoriser le développement dans les pays du Sud et dans l’Outre-mer. Au moyen de subventions, de prêts, de fonds de garantie ou de contrats de désendettement et de développement, elle finance des projets, des programmes et des études et accompagne ses partenaires du Sud dans le renforcement de leurs capacités.

Les transports constituent un secteur d’intervention traditionnel de l’AFD. Sur la période 2001-2005, l’Agence a mobilisé environ 164 M€ par an en moyenne pour la mise en œuvre de projets dans le secteur des transports (en incluant les projets de développement rural et urbain comportant des activités de transport).

DVDH (Des Villes et Des Hommes)

Villes et des Hommes (DVDH)
est une société spécialisée dans l’assistance aux collectivités dans l’étude puis la mise en place de projets touchant à l’aménagement du territoire et à la mobilité.

KMRL (Kochi Metro Rail Limited)

is a joint venture of Government of India and Government of Kerala in charge of the construction of a metro system in the city of Kochi. The works for a first metro line are under progress and the opening of the 25.6 km line is planned for 2016.

SYTRAL (Syndicat Mixte des Transports pour le Rhône et l’Agglomération Lyonnaise)

SYTRAL est l’autorité organisatrice des transports urbains lyonnais exploités sous les marques TCL et Optibus.