Here’s what makes these Kochi metro stations user-friendly

In a bid to attract more commuters, the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) plans to renovate the city’s metro stations to make them more “user-friendly”.

During the first phase, six of the 22 metro stations, namely Aluva, Edappally, Kadavanthra, MG Road, Thykoodam and Vyttila were given a makeover. The administration will take all measures at these stations to ensure adequate signage for commuters and other infrastructure advancements.

Special areas have been designed for selfie lovers with “I Love Metro” signs in the background to entice visitors. Commuters can also enjoy music or other artistic performances at these stations. There are also spaces dedicated to cultural performances and art exhibitions. According to KMRL’s statement, artists wishing to perform at these venues can contact the public relations department for permission, The Indian Express reported.

Main characteristics of these stations

Several new features, including power rooms, rented power banks, furniture made from recycled materials, digitized passenger information system, have been installed at Aluva station.

At Edapally station, a power bank kiosk, lighting at the connecting bridge, recycled benches in the platform are part of the facilities.

In the next phase, Elamkulam, Kalamassery, Kaloor, Maharaja’s, SN Junction and Vadakkekotta stations would be redeveloped.

“Each metro station has a distinct quality. For example, the walls of MG Road Station illustrate the life story of Mahatma Gandhi, while Thykoodam Station represents the essence of Kochi City. The tradition of Kathakali and Kerala is painted in Aluva metro station,” a KMRL official said. said, according to The new Indian Express.

MG Road station is a favorite retreat for young people and has now introduced the concept of musical stairs. Anyone who can play the piano could compose new music using these stairs.

A “free library” has been opened to the public at Kadavanthra metro station, where people can pick up any book for free. The public can also donate books to the library.

At Vytilla, morning and evening commuters will have the pleasure of listening to classic songs from Indian cinema. At Thykoodam, the hydroponic vertical garden and wall art depicting Kochi life have given the resort a striking facelift.

Currently, trains are running from Aluva to Pettah at 23 stations as part of the first phase of operations. The trial run progresses to an extended section from Pettah to Vadakkekotta through two stations.

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