New Delhi: In wake of the increase in the usage of cycles across the major port city of Kochi, it has been decided by the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) that from now on it will be permitting commuters to carry their cycles inside the metro for free.Also Read - Kerala Unlock | Kochi Metro Rail UPDATE: KMRL To Resume Services From July 1 After 53 Days, Important Details Here

On Tuesday, Kochi metro officials said that the service will initially permit the entry of cycles from six stations including Changampuzha Park, Palarivattom, Town Hall, Ernakulam South, Maharaja’s College, and Elamkulam metro stations. Also Read - Punjab Farm Labourer Cycles 370 Kms for 2 Days to Join Protests at Singhu Border

At present, the entry and exit will be limited to these six stations. Kochi Metro will consider the passenger turnout and if there is a huge demand the service will be extended to all stations. Also Read - MP Girl Who Attended School by Cycling 24 km Daily, Scores 98.7% in Class X Exams

Kochi Metro’s Additional Chief Secretary Alkesh Kumar Sharma said, “We have permitted cycles inside the metro to promote end-to-end connectivity with non-motorised mode of transport and also to encourage a healthy lifestyle. People are aware of the importance of fitness and exercise. This will encourage people to use cycles for their daily commute.”

The cyclists can use elevators at the station. The staff will facilitate the entry to the trains. The commuters can keep their cycles at both ends of the train.

Meanwhile, Kochi Metro as part of enhancing last-mile connectivity has started feeder service from Kalamassery to Kakkanad. The service will be available from Kalamassery metro station to Collectorate. This will help people to visit Collectorate at Kakkanad for all their works using seamless connectivity of metro and feeder services.

The shuttle service will start from Kalamassery metro station at 9:30 am and the service will start from Kakkanad at 5 pm. At present, one Tempo Traveller is arranged in association with Chalo, a service provider.

The Kochi Metro has also started auto-rickshaw service at Vyttila Metro station also. Metro has identified 12 routes from Vyttila for the benefit of Metro passengers.

(With ANI inputs)