Kochi Metro Inauguration Live Updates : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Will Reach to Kerala This Morning for the official launch of the Kochi metro. Arriving in a special aircraft at the Kochi Naval Base, Modi will Travel to Palarivattom station to board the Metro to Pathadipplam and will return to Palarivattom. Then he will proceed to Kaloor international stadium, the venue of the inaugural ceremony.The Kochi Metro is the county’s first fully integrated metro. With one ticket, a commuter can travel in feeder services along road and water.Construction for the first phase began in 2012 after the then Oommen Chandy government entrusted the work to the DMRC with E Sreedharan as its principal advisor.
The KMRL has also appointed as many as 23 transgenders for customer service operations and as ground staff.Kochi Metro is the first public transport system to reserve jobs for members of the third sex and it will be manned mainly by women from the Kudumbhasree Mission, a self-help group.
Each station on the Kochi Metro will have solar panels, which will focus on producing 35 per cent of the total power usage.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.
Live Updates From Kochi Metro Inauguration
The inaugural ceremony will be held at JLN Stadium, Kaloor, after the maiden ride.
11:20 AM: The Prime Minister also congratulated CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Metro Man Dr E Sreedharan for their work.
11.13 am: PM Modi, CM Vijayan, Governor Sathasivam and Venkaiah Naidu talk to officials on first train RIDE.
11.09 am: PM Modi boards Metro for its maiden ride. He will travel to Pathadippalam station and return to Palarivattom. Metro Man Sreedharan, Union minister Venkaiah Naidu and CM Pinarayi onboard.
11.08 am: PM Modi inaugurates Palarivattom station. He will now board the train from the station to Pathadippalam.
11.08 am: PM Modi arrives at Palarivattom station where he will cut the ribbon before taking the maiden ride to Pathadippalam.
11.02 am: All set for the big event. Prime Minister is expected to arrive shortly to inaugurate Kochi Metro at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kaloor.
10:54 AM: Along With PM Modi other dignitaries including Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala, Ernakulam MP K V Thomas, and ‘Metro man’ E Sreedharan, will undertake the first ride from Palarivattom to Pathadippalam in the city.
10:50 AM: The Train Operators For PM Modi Metro journey are Yogesh Saini and Sumit Kumar KMRL spokesperson said. Pawan Kumar and Anil Kumar will be there supporting them from the drivers’ cabins.
10:47 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Reached to Palarivattom
10.30 am: PM Modi’s motorcade proceeds towards Palarivattam Metro station.
10.15 am: PM Modi arrives at the Kochi naval base in a special aircraft. Governor Justice P Sadashivam, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Kochi Mayor Soumini Jain, Suresh Gopi, MP, receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
9.35 am: A movie on making of the Kochi Metro and it’s architect E Sreedharan, directed by M Padmakumar, will be released in December.
9.25 am: The Metro will usher in a new work culture, says its architect E Sreedharan.
9.21 am: PM Modi expected to land at the Kochi naval base at 10am.
9.20 am: City is fully decorated with welcome PM Modi posters. With high security, the port city looks like a fort.
9.15 am: Heavy Rain in Kochi. Drizzling near inaugural venue Kaloor stadium.
It’s women power at Kochi Metro, with KMRL making it a point to give jobs to women in the state. From train operators to ground staff, the service has put women at the forefront.
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