Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged-off the Kochi Metro on Sunday morning at 11 am, says Kochi Metro a model for eco-friendly development, coaches Reflect ‘Make In India’. Appreciates the hard work and the efforts of Dr.E.Sreedharan, popularly known as Metro Man of India, and Elias George, Managing Director.
KOCHI: The Kochi Metro, Kerala’s first metro line, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also took the ride on the newly constructed rapid transport around 10.30 am. He was joined by other dignitaries including Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu as well as E Sreedharan, popularly known as India’s ‘Metro Man’.
With ‘Metro Man’ and rumoured NDA candidate for President E Sreedharan by his side, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Kochi’s first metro rail service that’s said to have many ‘firsts’ to its credit.
Kochi, the queen of Arabian Sea was once an important spice trading centre, Modi said. Today it is known as the commercial capital of Kerala. Modi said. Today it is known as the commercial capital of Kerala.
The Prime Minister cut the inaugural ribbon at the rail network’s Palarivattom station. He then rode a train from there to the station in Pathadippalam. Also present at the inauguration were Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, urban development secretary Rajiv Gouba and Kerala chief secretary Nalini Netto, among others.
The Kochi Metro is scheduled to start commercial operations on Monday from 6 am onward. On the day, trains will begin operations simultaneously from Aluva and Palarivattom stations at 6 am. The day’s rides will end at 10 pm at Aluva. As many as 219 trips are scheduled for Monday.
Modi said Kochi was selected as a Smart City in Round 1 of the challenge in January 2016 and hopes it would do even better in the days to come. The PM said there is need to bring about a paradigm shift in urban planning by adopting a people-centric approach. Modi said we are also focusing on next generation infrastructure, which includes logistics, digital and gas.
The Kochi Metro will have many ‘firsts’ for India. The city will be the first one in the country to have a ‘water metro’, which will be a feeder service to the rail metro. That will in turn make it India’s first integrated multi-model transport system.
This new metro will also be India’s first to extensively use solar panels. As many as 22 stations on the final 25-km full stretch of the rail line will have solar panels. The Kochi Metro plans to meet 25 percent of its electricity needs from solar power.
The rail network will be the country’s first government agency to hire transgender people; 23 are expected to be on duty for the inaugural run. And in another likely first, the metro network will use compost generated from municipal waste to fertilize the vertical garden it plans to maintain on some of its pillars.
Kochi Metro officials said on Friday that the rail network will increase regional connectivity for residents in the Greater Kochi metro area.
1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase – 13.2 km of the total 25 km stretch – of the Kochi metro today.
2. The Prime Minister, along with other dignitaries, undertook a ride from the stations of Palarivattom to Pathadippalam in the city.
3. With 11 stations covering nearly 13 km – from Palarivattom to Aluva – this is the longest first phase of a metro to be inaugurated.
4. By road, it takes around 45 minutes to travel from Aluva to Palarivattom. The Metro will limit the travel time to 23 minutes.
5. The Kochi Metro is the first in India to use Communication Based Train Control technology to maximise frequencies and minimise errors.
6. Each station will showcase a theme, such as maritime history, western ghats as well as the local history of the city, among others.
7. Each station on the Kochi Metro will have solar panels, which will focus on producing 35 per cent of the total power usage.
8. The Kochi Metro Rail Corporation has also decided to employ transgender people in stations.
9. 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.
10. 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.