A total of 90,495 people travelled in Kochi metro up to 10 p.m. on Friday, the sixth day during the past 10 days that the number of commuters crossed the 80,000 mark.
For the first time, the number had exceeded 1 lakh on Thursday, despite speed curbs on the Maharajas-Thykoodam stretch. The speed limit of 25 kmph, introduced as a precautionary measure in view of curves on the stretch, is scheduled to be withdrawn by month-end.
The average commuter patronage till the opening of last weeks Thykoodam extension was 40,000.
In the meantime, many commuters who visited counters in metro stations to avail of discounted Kochi-1 card returned without purchasing it, on coming to know that Axis Bank would charge an annual renewal charge of 75, it is learnt.
The bank had informed that the issuance fee of the Kochi-1 card would be waived till month-end. It used to charge 150 as issuance fee. Tiji Jacob, a commuter, complained that he had to pay 12 for recharge fee, instead of 5 that had been announced as fee till month-end.