Kochi Metro offers commuters with 50% discount

  • By Hindu
  • | Wednesday | 15th November, 2017

Commuters on Kochi metro will be able to make a two-way trip at the half the ticket fare from November 15 to December 23. With this offer, regular commuters will get fare discounts (which KMRL has said will be up to a total of 40%). The 50% limited period promotional offer till December 23 has been announced since the finalising of discounted fares is taking time. The promotional 50% discount offer is aimed at improving ridership and to attract more passengers to the system of mass rapid transport. Responding to a passenger feedback survey conducted by a management consultant firm in August, Kochi metro commuters had suggested lowering of the fares, introduction of season tickets and students’ concession to enhance passenger patronage.

Commuters on Kochi metro will be able to make a two-way trip at the half the ticket fare from November 15 to December 23.

The promotional 50% discount offer is aimed at improving ridership and to attract more passengers to the system of mass rapid transport. This offer enables commuters to avail themselves of a free return trip at the cost of a single journey, says a press release by KMRL.

Aimed at increasing footfalls, the metro agency also has long-term plans to introduce new fare products such as monthly, seasonal, student and weekend passes, apart from daily passes. With this, regular commuters will get fare discounts (which KMRL has said will be up to a total of 40%).

The 50% limited period promotional offer till December 23 has been announced since the finalising of discounted fares is taking time. By the time the promotional period ends, the discounts expected would be in place for commuters to chose from.

A.P.M. Mohammad Hanish, Managing Director of KMRL, said the agency was offering discounts on fares with the larger objective of reducing pollution levels and lessening congestion. “This will enable commuters to get habituated to leaving their cars and two-wheelers at home and relying on public transport”.

A return ticket is valid only for the same day. The offer is at present not applicable to Kochi-1 pre-paid card, KMRL said.

Responding to a passenger feedback survey conducted by a management consultant firm in August, Kochi metro commuters had suggested lowering of the fares, introduction of season tickets and students’ concession to enhance passenger patronage.

Mr. Hanish will visit the metro’s coach maintenance yard in Muttom on Wednesday. He will inspect the premises and the address the operation and maintenance staff stationed there.

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