The Kerala government's Water Metro Project by the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is a one-of-its-kind to have an integrated water transport system. The Water Metro would connect ten islands and have a network spanning 76 kilometres covered with 78 fast, electrically propelled hybrid ferries plying to 38 jetties. Kerala government's unique initiative intends to introduce modern, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly alternatives for commuting in Kochi. The project is also expected to reduce the traffic congestion and pollution in the city.

Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has already handed over the first Electric Hybrid 100 Pax water metro ferry to Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL).

The 23 battery-powered electric boats being constructed for the water metro project under the KMRL can carry 100 passengers. As per an official release, in the naming and delivery protocol signing ceremony held at Cochin Shipyard, the boat was named Muziris by Madhumita Behra, wife of KMRL MD Loknath Behra.

Chairman and Managing Director of Cochin Shipyard, Madhu S Nair, Directors Bejoy Bhaskar, V J Jose and KMRL Directors K R Kumar and Dileep Kumar Sinha and officials of Classification Society attended the event.

The delivery protocol was signed between Sivakumar A, General Manager and Sajan John, Additional General Manager, KMRL. After the delivery function, a short ferry ride was held in the Kochi backwaters. (ANI)