KOCHI: The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) - the agency which has been entrusted with the task of designing Metro stations - has submitted its designs (of 14 stations) to Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for their approval.
Designs of the stations would reflect the socio-cultural aspects of Kerala. As per the plan, the stations will have the features of houseboats, palm (coconut) leaves, waves, Kasavu Saree, Kathakali, etc.
Sources with the IIA said, "Of the 22 stations, designs of 14 have been completed. A presentation regarding the designs was made before KMRL on Friday and Saturday. After getting suggestions from the Metro agency, we will submit the entire design, including sketches and drawings, to them. The process will be completed in a couple of months."
The main structure of the stations like floors and doors is being designed by Aegis. "The IIA team is doing designs of roof and interiors of these stations. A special committee comprising representatives of KMRL, DMRC and an expert from Delhi will see the designs and give its seal of approval,'' an official associated with KMRL said.
Design engineers of the IIA had split into five teams and worked on designs of three stations each.
Though majority of them had come up with houseboat design, each had its own unique features. Another prominent design was that of palm leaf.
Meanwhile, the Cusat station has been designed to look like waves. "Kochi is known as the Queen of Arabian Sea. That's why we have chosen the shape of waves,'' said one of the architects.
The Cusat station will also have provision for renting cycles and a library. "This is because students are expected to use the station most. 'Rent a cycle' will help passengers to reach their destinations from the Metro station. A similar facility is in place at the Vishwa Vidyalaya station in Delhi,'' said an architect associated with the designing of the Cusat station.
Also, KMRL has invited tenders for selecting a consultant for common smartcard ticketing solution for the Kochi Metro project.
Source - TOI