The city of Kochi, Kerela saw the inauguration of the metro system in the city by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday morning. Prime Minister along with Governor Justice (retd) P. Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu, Secretary Rajiv Gouba and Kerela Chief Secretary Nalini Netto started the journey from Palarivattom Station at 10:35 a.m. The metro ride would last till Pathadipalam Station and would be piloted by train controllers Yogesh Saini and Sumit Kumar.
After the metro ride, all dignitaries reached the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kaloor for the public function. Companies involved the construction of the metro, technology providers, and coach builders, all had their representatives attending the event.
People gathered at Metro stations on Friday peeking through the grills to look at the facilities that would be soon available to them. They asked security and staff workers questions who explained very patiently everything to them.
Police vehicles and government vehicles inspected all stations between Palarivattom and Pathadipalam. The stations were well inspected by police and bomb squad, with traffic control, barricades and fire brigade at the ready.
The 13 km distance covered by the metro took nearly 45 months to complete with a total investment of around Rs. 5000 crores. Nearly 1000 women and 23 transgenders have been selected to work in the Kochi Metro rail system, a move which was well appreciated by the Prime Minister.
Kochi Metro Rail Limited is a 50-50 joint venture between the Government of India and the Government of Kerela. It is a ‘Make in India’ project and reflects the vision of our Prime Minister quite clearly. Kochi Metro Rail Limited is an initiative of the Indian Government that is well into the path of development of Indian infrastructure development contributing to India’s growth.