Delivered in 985 days: Kochi metro rail launched by Oommen Chandy

If successfully implemented, the Kochi metro project could serve as a good example of how a city needs to focus on implementing infrastructure projects specially those related to public transportation.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 25, 2016 3:39 pm
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inside the Kochi metro. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inside the Kochi metro.

“Promised in 1095 days, delivered on 985th Day” – the Congress-led UDF government in Kerala is already patting itself on the back for what could well be the quickest-ever delivered metro project in the country.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who flagged-off the trail run of the metro line on Saturday, is hopeful that the Kochi Metro will be among the projects that will help vote his party back to power, come May 2016. The Congress even took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much touted Gujarat model, saying the Ahmedabad project was announced in 2003 but there was little to show on ground, literally.

In his speech on Saturday, Chandy praised the efforts of various departments, saying there were rewards in store for everyone. He even said that the project stuck to its timeline and could well make it to the record books.

“There will be special rewards for all those who made this happen both at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Kochi Metro Rail Corporation,” Chandy said, in the presence of ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, who has been entrusted with the project.

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If successfully implemented, the Kochi Metro project could serve as a good example of how a city needs to focus on implementing infrastructure projects specially those related to public transportation.

While the Rs 5,180 crore project was mooted in 2005, a change of government saw the project being shelved. It was only when Chandy returned in 2011, that the 25-km long Alwaye to Petta project resumed.

With barely months to go for the polls, the Oommen Chandy government is set to launch two more projects – a trial flight at the Kannur international airport and the opening of the Kochi Smart City that has been slated for February 20.

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    Rajesh
    Jan 25, 2016 at 11:02 am
    lol, typical CONgi nonsense. The Ahmedabad metro was found to be unfeasible, and was instead "replaced" by the BRTS system (one of the world's highest rated BRTS systems). It was onlu after projected traffic and revenues rose, that Ahmedabad decided to go for it. Kochi Metro is guaranteed to operate at a loss for the forseeable future, giving the Kerala govt another expenditure headache. But of course, CONgi morons wont tell you that. They will waste your money and act as though they are doing you a favour.
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    jeevan
    Jan 25, 2016 at 12:50 pm
    Nonsense comment,. Public transport system is not a profit making business
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    Chandywins
    Jan 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm
    Where is Goojrat metro?haha, heard it was the US of the east.Lol.GAAWD.To all these nonsense Indian politicians, a hubmle request.Whether you are from CPM or INC or BJP or Gowmata party or Amma party or Sweepers party, please your boundaries are in Karnataka.Please dont pester us,we know how to take care of ourselves.Thanks.
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