Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday in Kerala where he flagged off the first phase of the much-awaited Kochi Metro.
Earlier, arriving at the INS Garuda Naval Air Station today morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alongside with other dignitaries voyaged between the stations of Palarivattom to Pathadippalam of the Kochi Metro rail line, where he cut a dedicatory ribbon before boarding a Metro rail. PM Modi travelled 4 km on the metro line.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation principal adviser and India’s ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, Kochi Metro Rail Limited Managing Director Elias George, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the state’s Governor P Sathasivam were present during the inauguration of the metro.
The total distance of the first phase is 13.2 km out of the 25 km stretch would be opened to public from Monday. Another 5 km will be ready by September.
The project started, a year prior to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP came to control in 2013 and was entrusted with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The DMRC, which was once headed by Sreedharan, was also responsible for supervising the Kochi Metro project.
The total cost of the project, according to the Kochi Metro website, is Rs 5,180 crores. The fares of the Metro will vary from a minimum of Rs 15 to a maximum of Rs 30.