PM Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated Kochi’s metro rail service. It is scheduled to start commercial operations on Monday. The 13 km long Phase-1 of Kochi Metro has 11 stations with an end to end travel time of 25 minutes. On Monday trains will begin operations simultaneously from two end stations: Aluva and Palarivattom at 6 AM.
PM Modi cut the inaugural ribbon at Palarivattom station. Following that he took a ride on a train from there to Pathadippalam. His entourage comprised ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, urban development secretary Rajiv Gouba and Kerala chief secretary Nalini Netto, among others.
After Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai and Jaipur- Kochi is the eighth city in India to have its own metro rail service.
The construction of the Kochi Metro started four years ago. The estimated completion cost of the project is Rs. 5181.79 Cr. The fare will vary from Rs. 15 to of Rs. 30.
“The system will have a common timetable, common ticketing, and centralized command and control. It also focuses on improving last-mile connectivity and non-motorized transportation systems in the inner city,” the PM was quoted as saying.