Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Kochi Metro

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated Kochi Metro, which will be Kerala’s first metro line. The Construction of the Kochi Metro which was entrusted to the DMRC has been completed in a record four-year period. Prime Minister has inaugurated the first phase of the metro with 13.2 km out of the total 25 km stretch. The Kochi Metro will be the country’s eighth inter-city metro rail project.

PM Modi, along with Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other dignitaries, travelled by the metro. PM Modi travelled in the metro coach, which has green coloured seats. Seated to his right was the Kerala Chief Minister and to his life was Governor Sathasivam. The construction was completed in a record four-year period and the metro line will be thrown open to public from 19 June 2017.

Highlights-

1. The Kochi Metro is the first in India to use Communication Based Train Control technology to maximise frequencies and minimise errors.

2. With 11 stations covering nearly 13 km – from Palarivattom to Aluva – this is the longest first phase of a metro to be inaugurated.

3. Each station will showcase a theme, such as maritime history, western ghats as well as the local history of the city, among others.

4. Each station on the Kochi Metro will have solar panels, which will focus on producing 35 per cent of the total power usage.

5. The Kochi Metro Rail Corporation has also decided to employ transgender people in stations.

6. The construction of the Kochi Metro began in 2013 and was tasked to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The DMRC was once headed by E Sreedharan, who also acted as an advisor in the new project.

7. According to the Kochi Metro website, the project cost an estimated Rs. 5,180 crore. The fare will vary from a minimum of Rs. 15 to a maximum of Rs. 30.

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