Kochi Metro: PM Modi inaugurates rail services, says project essential to tackle rising population

"Kochi metro is the first metro project to be commissioned with modern signalling system, the coaches reflect the 'Make in India' initiative,” PM Narendra Modi said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 19, 2017 7:22 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the first phase of Kochi Metro at the Jawaharlal stadium in Kaloor, Kochi. Addressing the crowd at the inauguration ceremony, the prime minister dedicated the rail transport system to the entire nation. He stressed the need to bring about a paradigm shift in urban planning by adopting a people-centric approach and integrating land use and transport. “Over the last three years, my government has placed special focus on the overall infrastructural development of the nation,” said PM Modi. The prime minister, who began his speech in Malayalam, said he was happy to be part of the inauguration of the Kochi Metro. Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is a 50-50 joint venture of the Centre and the state government.

Describing Kochi as “Queen of the Arabian Sea”, PM Modi expressed his gratitude to the people of Kochi. “Kochi, the queen of Arabian Sea was once an important spice trading centre. Today it is known as the commercial capital of Kerala,” he said.

Talking about rising population in the city of Kochi, PM Modi said the population of Kochi is expected to reach 23 lakhs by 2021, and hence there was a need for a mass rapid transport system in the city. “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,” he said,. It will also contribute to Kochi’s economic growth, he added.

Kochi Metro, Kochi A view of Kochi Metro. Express photo by Nirmal Harindran

Talking about features of Kochi Metro, PM Modi said that the metro integrates city’s entire transport services through a single system. “Kochi Metro is the first metro project to be commissioned with modern signalling system, the coaches reflect the ‘Make in India’ initiative,” he added. He also spoke about the benefits of Kochi one mobile app, which will allow travellers to avail metro services cashless.

Watch | PM Modi inaugurates Kochi Metro

Considered the fastest completed metro project in the country, Kochi Metro, the flagship transportation infrastructure project of Kerala, will start its regular operations from June 19.

PM Modi added 50 cities in India are ready to implement metro rail services. “We are also focusing on next generation infrastructure, which includes logistics, digital and gas,” he said. “In PRAGATI meetings, I have personally reviewed nearly 175 projects worth more than eight lakh crore rupees and resolved bottlenecks,” he added.

Kochi Metro, Narendra Modi, Kerala PM Narendra Modi inaugrates Kochi Metro. Express photo by Nirmal Harindran

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, Kochi Mayor Soumini Jain and ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan were among those present at the inaugural function.

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    Ash
    Jun 18, 2017 at 1:01 am
    How do coaches made by Alsthom ,a foreign company ,reflect the Made in India initiative? Did somebody tell the PM that the coaches were made in India?
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      George Cruz
      Jun 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm
      Kerala is a majority Hindu state, with rich Hindu culture, historic Hindu temples, and the BJP and the patriotic organizations will bring in the badly needed development, progress, and the jobs. Kerala politics is dominated by the Christians/Muslims who are blinded by their religion, who think that they are secular/inclusive but THEY ARE NOT, and are the biggest hypocrites. But the good news is that the BJP has made significant inroads into Kerala during the last elections and will form a significant presence in the next elections.
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        Antony
        Jun 17, 2017 at 11:12 pm
        hello George Cruz, welcome back ! did you got your 500 rs for commenting from RSS IT cell ? illiterate chaddi , when you comment against christians with christian fake ID do you think people dont realize who you are? typical RSS deception but can f ool only illiterate north indian people not others!
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          Antony
          Jun 17, 2017 at 11:15 pm
          you forgot to add one more thing ! 15 million kerala hindus eat beef ! beef fry is their favorite dish ! anybody stop that will never win election in kerala ! chaddis can try their best!
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            George Cruz
            Jun 17, 2017 at 11:44 pm
            A true Christian always reveals the truth, nothing but the truth. The major consumers of the unhygienic beef are the Christians/Muslims (three times a day) across India but the larger Hindu population consume much less quan y and may be occasional beef consumers (may be once a week or a month) and less harmful. The large consumption of unhygienic beef is scientifically proven to be the causes of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. By the way you are a brainwashed Muslim from Kerala.
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              Antony
              Jun 18, 2017 at 12:00 am
              IE regular readers know very well who you are ? you dont need to explain yourself gober eating chaddi!!! where is your friends david, john joseph abdul jamal, kris , bharat, islamforfools etc? all from RSS ITcell with fake names here to comment 24 x 7 ,
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            Maniktripathy
            Jun 17, 2017 at 9:33 pm
            Amazing "tackling" population rise by building metros...No wonder clueless governance at its core and instead of tackling population growth head-on, he is talking about building infra. No wonder from one clueless governance to another...
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              Roshan
              Jun 17, 2017 at 9:24 pm
              Our Hon. PM will be inaugurating foot over bridges and toilets at Railway station platforms as well very soon !!
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                T DUTTA
                Jun 17, 2017 at 8:27 pm
                PROBABLY THE FIRST SKYTRIANS STARTED IN BANGKOK IN THE MID NINETIES
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                  T DUTTA
                  Jun 17, 2017 at 8:03 pm
                  SKY TRAINS ARE MUCH CHEAPER THAN UNDERGROUND RAIL AND ALSO THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS HAS LESS DISRUPTION
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                    T DUTTA
                    Jun 17, 2017 at 8:01 pm
                    MOST OF THE METROS NOWADAYS ARE ACTUALLY SKY TRAINS----CALCUTTA METRO STARTED IN 1984 WAS 95 PER CENT UNDERGROUND---20 YEARS LATER IT WAS EXTENDED AS SKY TRAIN----now calcutta metro will go underneath river ganga
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                      Sankaran Krishnan
                      Jun 17, 2017 at 7:51 pm
                      Yes we need across all Metro Cities these type of better connectivity through Metro Rail which also saves enough time when compared to travel by road and of course the speed and the separate track has its own advantage and the question of traffic bottleneck does not arise. Hope the State Govts. whoever are interested must be ready to tie-up or JV with the Centre under Make in India program a g success.
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