Kochi Metro stations get four new pods!!

Kochi Metro stations get four new pods!!

The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is now providing breastfeeding pods for mothers at four stations across its network.KMRL has tied up with a health start-up and a private hospital for this service.Across the country thisis the first to provide this facility at any metro train system, although the system is in place at airports.KMRL Managing Director, APM Mohammed Hanish, inaugurated the first breastfeeding pod at the Aluva train station.The pods are designed by wellness start-up 'I love 9 months'.They are essentially 4ft x 4ft compact rooms made from fiber-reinforced plastic allowing mothers a safe, private space for lactation.They have comfortable seating arrangements, adequate lighting, ventilation, fan, hand-sanitizer holder and cell-phone charging point.Each pod comes equipped with information about breastfeeding for mothers and costs Rs. 1.5 lakh excluding GST.In case any problem arises or to provide feedback, people can connect with the start-up's virtual support team via a phone placed inside the pods.The initial phase of the pods has been sponsored under the corporate social responsibility initiatives of Kochi-based CIMAR Hospitals. They want to create more safe and hygienic spaces for women in our society. After launching in the first four stations, they will take feedback and then think about expanding it to other stations. After Aluva, three more stations- Edappally, MG Road and Lissie stations are expected to get the pods in the next one month.For nursing mothers feeding in a public space is difficult especiallywhen they're travelling.The wellness start-up also had discussions with the Indian Railways to build similar breastfeeding pods across major stations from Kanyakumari to Thrissur.It is now looking for a uniform sponsor to fund these pods on the railway network.'I love 9 months', incubated at the Kerala Startup Mission, has also designed larger pods known as 'lactation pods' for working mothers elsewhere in the state.These pods are equipped with a mini-fridge where breast milk can be stored along with breast pumps.The first of such lactation pods was inaugurated at Techno Park, which is home to dozens of IT companies, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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