‘Steep fares a big turn off for Kochi Metro riders’
By Express News Service | Published: 04th August 2017 08:14 AM |
KOCHI: The city-based De Valor Management Consultants on Thursday came out with results of the survey conducted among commuters on Kochi Metro. The key finding thrown up by the survey is the rather high price of Metro tickets which was dissuading potential commuters.
“This is one of the reasons which will restrain the general public from travelling on the Metro on a regular basis. To increase ridership, such apprehensions should be addressed. The survey is conducted mainly to help KMRL to take corrective measures in Phase II. The results of the survey will be submitted to KMRL and E Sreedharan, the principal adviser of DMRC,” said De Valor chief Sudheerbabu.
The commuters’ feedback was recorded from various stations across different timelines. The questions mainly centred on ticket fare, using the Metro as a daily mode of conveyance, safety of women and corrective measures needed. “There were nine questions in the questionnaire. The recommendations from passengers for the improvement of travel experience were gathered. The age, occupation and purpose of travel of the respondents were also recorded. We hope the survey will help KMRL to take stock of the services,” said Sudheerbabu. The survey results were released by Hibi Eden MLA.
KMRL reaches milestone
Kochi: The Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL), which is well on course to fulfil its aim to set up integrated transport system for the city, has celebrated six years since its inception as a Special Purpose Vehicle(SPV). It was on August 2, 2011 the SPV was formed for pioneering one of the capital- intensive projects ever executed in Kerala, the Kochi Metro. “We have grown from a two-men operation to a pan Indian company with 480 employees from all over India. We are also proud to have a dedicated, passionate, committed and youthful workforce of women and men,” said KMRL managing director Elias George.