First Route of Kochi Water Metro Inaugurated

17 February 2021 Current Affairs:

The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, unveiled the first route and terminal of the Kochi Water Metro. 

Highlights:
♦ The project uses advanced ships to connect the islands throughout the city. 
♦ The subway route goes from Vitila to Kakinada. Vyttila is one of the busiest transportation hubs in Kerala, and Kakkanad is an IT hub. 
♦ After obtaining the legal permit, the subway will begin commercial operation in March 2021. The first phase of the Kochi Water Subway Project is 520 kilometers long. 
♦ The Chief Minister also opened the Panamkutty Bridge. It is also called the Petta Bridge, and it was activated for traffic. It will make the traffic between the Petta junction and the SN junction smooth. 
♦ The bridge is 250 meters long. 70 meters of it are on the Poorna River. The CM also launched the “Integrated Urban Regeneration and Water Transport System” (IURWT) project. The IURWT project will renew and revitalize the six major canals of Kochi 34 kilometers.
♦ The IURWT project is a Integrated urban regeneration and water transportation system project. Some people suggest developing Edappally Canal (11.23 km), Chilavanoor Canal (9.88 km), Thevara-Perandoor Canal (11.15 km), Market Canal (0.664 km) and Thevara Canal (1.405 km) in Kochi City. 
♦ Due to household and commercial waste, construction waste, etc., all these canals are severely blocked and polluted. Under the IURWT project activities, such as canal cleaning, bank protection, dredging and cutting, sewer and sewage treatment plants, reconstruction of piers and cross structures and pedestrian bridges will be taken away. 
♦ The total cost of the project is Rs 1,418 crore. It has been released for ten years. The construction related to the project will be completed within 3 years.

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