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First stop for Kerala rail officials: Dubai Metro
Kochi Metro Rail sends team to 'swot up' at global metro sites.
April 29, 2013 12:03 by Muhammad Aldalou
While the Dubai Metro’s aesthetics and functional merits may have become much like second nature to us permanent residents, its system infrastructure and technological aspects are still worth looking at.
After all, it is the world’s longest fully automated metro network. That’s why Kerala’s Kochi Metro Rail Ltd is sending a team of officials to the United Arab Emirates to take a closer look at the metro’s technological aspects.
It is not only Dubai’s rail that they intend to study, but this week the emirate will be their starting point. To better understand the functioning and operations of metros in major cities, they’ll also be paying a visit to Paris, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Copenhagen and Singapore.
“A team led by project director, Mahesh Kumar, will head for Dubai to gain a greater understanding of the third rail system and communications-based automatic train control system (CBTC),” said KMRL managing director, Elias George. Kochi Metro is estimated to cost Rs4.43 billion and it will cover 25.523 kilometres in length.
When Dubai Metro ‘opened its doors’ in September 2009, as a city – or rather, emirate – it’s safe to say we were unanimously relieved. It was a project with brains behind it; not a luxurious dream of an elitist, but rather something the entire population could find practical. And, sure enough, in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the metro transported approximately 6.9 million, 38.9 million and 69 million people, respectively.
According to data released by the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai, the metro carried approximately 350,000 passengers a day in December of 2012.