Phase 1 of the Kochi Metro was inaugurated today by the honourable Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kaloor at 11:00 AM in the presence of Justice (Retd.) P. Sathasivam, Governor, Kerala; Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, Kerala; Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting; Ramesh Chennithala, Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly; K V Thomas, Ernakulam MP and the metro man himself, E Sreedharan, mentor of Kochi Metro project.
The PM flagged off the maiden run of the Metro by traveling via the Metro from Palarivattom station to board the Metro to Pathadipalam, returning back to Palarivattom, from where he went to the Kaloor Stadium. Earlier on in the day, he had arrived at the Naval base in a special aircraft to be received by Sathasivam and CM Pinarayi Vijayan.
KMRL has been making headlines for the last week, setting examples and pioneering in new though and inclusivity. Employing 23 transgenders, hiring a workforce consisting of 80% women, Solar paneled roofs at the station, introducing the Kochi-1 card for integrated travel, the novelties of the Metro are many.