Kochi Metro inauguration highlights: PM Modi inaugurates rail service, says coaches reflect ‘Make in India’ vision

Kochi Metro innauguration Live updates: PM Modi expressed his gratitude to the people of Kochi, while addressing the crowd at the inauguration

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 19, 2017 7:24 pm
Official inauguration of Kochi metro rail by PM Narendra Modi at Kaloor Stadium Cochin on Saturday Express photo by Nirmal Harindran, 17th June 2017, Cochin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated Kochi Metro. Addressing the crowd in Kochi, Modi said that he dedicates the metro services to the people of Kochi. He also said that with rising population in Kochi, people of Kochi will be find the metro services very helpful. He also added that coaches in Kochi Metro shows Make in India vision. Describing Kochi as the “queen of Arabian Sea”, PM Modi said that Kochi has become the capital hub of Kerala over the years.

Earlier, PM Modi arrived at Kochi INS Garuda Naval Air Station, news agency ANI reported, where he was welcomed by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He took the first metro ride along with CM Vijayan, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and “Metro Man” E Sreedharan from Palarivattom to Pathadippalam, after which he proceeded towards the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium for the inauguration. PM Modi is expected to hold meeting with CM Vijayan and other cabinet ministers later in the day.

Kochi Metro rail inauguration highlights: 

12:15 pm: “Nearly 1000 women and 23 transgenders are being selected to work in #KochiMetro rail system,” Modi said. PM Modi presented a hand carved model of Kochi metro cart as a token of appreciation by CM Pinarayi Vijayan.

12:12 pm: In PRAGATI meetings, I have personally reviewed nearly 175 projects worth more than eight lakh crore rupees & resolved bottlenecks, Modi said, while addressing the crowd after inauguration of Kochi Metro. “We are also focusing on next generation infrastructure, which includes logistics, digital and gas,” PM Modi added. There is a need to bring about paradigm shift in urban planning through an integrated approach, he said.

12:10 pm: Over the last three years, my Government has placed special focus on overall infrastructure development of the nation: PM Modi said. Number of initiatives taken to enhance public transport in cities specifically, he added. He also said that 50 cities in India are ready to implement metro rail services.

12:07 pm: Kochi one mobile app has electronic wallet integrated to which will link to Kochi one card. The coaches reflect “Make in India” vision. They have been built by Alstom near Chennai, and have an Indian component of around 70%, said PM Modi.

12:06 pm: Kochi Metro integrates city’s entire transport system in a single system: PM Modi. Kochi metro is the first metro project to be commissioned with modern signalling system, the coaches reflect the Make in india initiative,” he added.

12:05 pm: PM Modi is said that the population in Kochi has seen a rapid increase, expected to reach 23 lakhs by 2021. Therefore a mass rapid transport system is essential to address the increasing pressure on urban infrastructure. It will also contribute to Kochi’s economic growth. Kochi Metro rail is 50 50 joint venture between govt of kerala and union government.

12:04 pm: PM Modi addresses the crowd in Kochi. He welcomes the crowd and said that he is happy to be part of Kochi Metro inauguration. He also congratulated the people of Kochi for their effort.

12:02 pm: PM Narendra Modi unveils commemorative flag to inaugurate Kochi Metro.

11:57 pm: Kochi Metro one Card was also launched at the event. The card can be used for all the stations for cashless travles. It can be also used for commercial transactions at metro stations like debit cards. The app would be activated few days after the launch, Elias George, said.

11:48 am: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched Kochi One mobile application to help commuters in stay connected to metro rail timings, to check out different routes and places in and around metro station. He has taken the stage to address the crowd. Addressing the crowd, Vijayan said the state and centre have worked hand in hand for the project. He also thanked workers from around the country who made the Kochi Metro possible.

11:40 am: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu takes stage to address crowd. Expresses gratitude to “metro man” E Sreedharan. “Today I am very happy to inaugurate Kochi metro with PM Modi and E sreedharan,” Naidu said. He also extended his gratitude to the people of Kerala. Around the country traffic congestion is a major problem, there won’t be any attention, but only tension, Naidu said. To reduce traffic congestion, we need to move towards public transport, he added. He also people of Kochi to support the efforts of Kochi administration.

11:35 am: The KMRL stage has more people than initially planned. Along with E Shreedharan, there is Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, the Ambassador of France etc. Huge cheer for Shreedharan, who is known as India’s Metro Man. Sreedharan was not enlisted in the dignitaries list invited at the inauguration earlier.

11: 34 am: PM Modi on stage at the Kaloor stadiium where the Kochi Metro will be formally inauguated. Over 3000 invited guests are at the venue. Addressing the crowd, Kochi Metro head Elias George said, “Metro has been built withing deadline and budget.”

11:3o am: Kochi Metro recorded the construction of its first phase in record time. It is the longest first phase metro operation in India, but was finished within 45 months. Mumbai Metro took 75 months to finish its 11-km run, while Chennai Metro took 72 months from completion of its 4 km first phase.

Watch | Kochi Metro Inauguration Live

11:22 am: PM Modi taking a ride in Metro along with other dignitaries.

11:20 am: PM Narendra Modi about to inaugurate Kochi Metro. READ THE UPDATES IN MALAYALAM: click here

11:15 am: More scenes from inside Kochi Metro.

The final trial run of Kochi Metro rail sheduled to start its first phase of operation next week is still in progress

11:15 am: PM Modi took first ride on metro with CM Vijayan, E Sreedharan. The main inauguration event is still to start.

11:01 am: PM Modi has just inaugurated the Palarivattom metro station with Governor P Sathasivam, CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Metro Man E Shreedharan and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. Kerala BJP chief Kummanam Rajashekaran is also accompanying the PM.

10:58 am: PM Modi is soon about to inaugurate Kochi Metro. The inauguration of the service is being done at the international stadium in Kaloor. He will then take a train ride from Palarivattom to Patthadipalam.

10:50 am: The first phase of metro will run for 13 km and cover 11 stations between Palarivattam and Aluva in Kochi. The cost of the entire metro construction was roughly around Rs 6000 crore, with the construction executed by DMRC, to be operated by KMRL.

10:45 am: The first phase of Kochi metro will include feeder services with boats, called as Water Metro, which was set up at at the cost of Rs 800 crore. The first phase of integrated public transport system will also have buses, for which the existing bus network was restructured.

10:25 am: PM Narendra Modi reached Kochi airport. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan arrived at the air station to receive PM Modi. The prime minister, after the inauguration, is expected to hold a meeting with Vijayan.

10: 20 am: Scenes from Kochi Metro.

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    Jun 20, 2017 at 7:28 pm
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      Bharat Maa
      Jun 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm
      Feku is good for inaugrating others hardwork. In gujarat hehas nothing to inaugrate even after 15 yrs.
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        Bharat Maa
        Jun 17, 2017 at 1:33 pm
        In last 15 years if he had worked in Gujarat, he would have inaugurated his own work n not others. This is height of lies n feku guru of BJP.
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          Employ Ment
          Jun 17, 2017 at 12:29 pm
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            Kulmohan Singh
            Jun 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm
            Wasteful spend of electricity. No non-VIPs are allowed despite plenty of seats being empty.
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              Kulmohan Singh
              Jun 17, 2017 at 12:17 pm
              Add to that, the cost of flying PM and Venkaiah Naidu from Delhi to Kerala at the tax payers expense.
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              PARKASH CHANDRA
              Jun 17, 2017 at 11:26 am
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                Main hoon
                Jun 17, 2017 at 11:59 am
                U actually think this is Modi's work?? Manmohan approved.. UDF laid groundwork, LDF finished the project.. and now a fool who is invited to innaugarate wants to claim it is his work? Demonetization is Modi's work... take credit for that mess /
                1. A
                  Jun 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                  It is important when a project is brought to completion.It matters little to people who visualized it at the political level. Its mature politics which allows them to seat on the same podium. some of the readers have missed the key fact tht it is a joint venture between Centre and State. Way to go India.
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                  Anand Prakash
                  Jun 17, 2017 at 12:49 pm
                  Only a demented person would credit the Kochi Metro to Modi. What is his contribution? He couldn't get the Ahmedabad Metro, which was for which work supposedly started in 2005, off the ground. I am sure the so called much trumpeted Gujarat Model could take a leaf from the development work done from a state which Modi likened to Somalia.
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                    Pradeep Raghavan
                    Jun 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm
                    Kerala is an example of honest politics. In inauguration lead of oppposition and BJP chief is also invited. The politicians of UDF, LDF as well as people of Kerala are so wise that they welcomed PM in a humble manner (without any protest) despite Modi insulted Kerala by comparing it with Somalia last year.
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                      Pradeep Raghavan
                      Jun 17, 2017 at 1:05 pm
                      BJP took credit of all project which was brainchild of UPA. For example: Jaipur metro (Rajasthan), Kochi metro (Kerala) ,Bhupen Hazarika Bridge (Assam). The same thing will happen to Lucknow Metro which is brain child of Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party) will be inaugrated by BJP. In Gujarat, despite 22 years of rule (BJP) and after scams of crores, Ahmedabad Metro project is still at nascent stage.
                      1. A
                        Jun 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm
                        sounds like UPA rule was scam free. Your bias is very evident so you may not be able to appreciate good work inspite of whose brainchild it may have been
                    2. S
                      Jun 17, 2017 at 11:25 am
                      Welcome this type of culture.
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