Breaking Kochi Metro Rail Inaugurated by PM Modi


31 Jan 2017
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Kochi Metro Rail, the first Metro in God's Own Country Kerala was Inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi.


Kerala Governer P Sadasivam, PM Modi, Metro Man E Sreedharan, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu at the Inauguration of Kochi Metro Rail.



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Congratulations Kochi! :eek:hya :eek:hya :eek:hya
This is South India's third Metro after Bengaluru and Chennai.
What Makes Kochi Metro Rail different from other Metro Rails of India.

A dozen reasons to be proud of Kochi Metro

1) Kochi Metro, on time!

Unlike the Chennai Metro, Bengaluru’s Namma Metro or the Hyderabad Metro, which has been dogged by delay and controversy, the first phase of the Kochi Metro has been completed in record time. Eventhough it was promised to be completed in 3 Years, it took 3 Year 9 Months to complete.

2) Sneha Yathra
After the Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the metro service on June 17, KMRL will organise a Sneha Yathra (The Journey of Love). The Sneha Yathra will give an opportunity to residents of orphanages and old-age homes affiliated to the Social Justice Department in the city, to take a ride on the prestigious metro, just before the service is thrown open to the public. Also CM Pinarayi has requested Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) to organize a free ride to all the laborers who took part in the work. There were around 1000 workers working round the clock to fulfill Kochi's dream.

3) When gratitude is the key to greatness
KMRL took time out on Monday to pay thanks to nearly 800 migrant workers, whose sweat and blood made Kerala’s first metro service a reality. 95% of the Kochi Metro Rail work was completed by migrant workers. All of them from North East, mostly from West Bengal.

Honouring the workers with sadhya (a traditional Kerala meal served on a banana leaf), KMRL also organised an entertainment programme for the labourers as thanks. In return, the workers jotted down their names on a message board in support of the metro project.

4) Themed stations

All 11 stations have their own unique theme.

While the Palarivattom station has floral interiors, the CUSAT station has a water-theme. Fish paintings line the walls of Pathadippalam station, while Muttam has been given a bird theme.

5) Disabled friendly coaches

Apart from a special provision for wheelchairs, the coaches have reserved seats for people with disabilities. There are 136 seats in all trains. Seats meant for women traveling with children, children, and the elderly have also been coloured marked.

For people with physical illness/disabilities and pregnant women, the Kochi Metro comes with cushioned seats.

6) Job opportunities for women

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.

There are 7 women train operators. Kudumbashree workers have also been employed by KMRL.

7) Going green

KMRL is planting saplings on the medians of the highway and some pillars, as part of the Greening Kochi scheme.

8) KMRL employs transgender persons

In a first of its kind initiative, KMRL has employed 23 transgender persons as ground staff.

The move is in tandem with Kerala government's efforts to empower transgender persons and bring them to the mainstream.

9) Solar panels in stations

Solar panels have been installed on the rooftop of all the stations. It is estimated that 2.3 MW of power can be generated out of all the panels.

10) Commitment towards eco-friendly transport

KMRL has launched the public bike sharing system under which commuters can use bicycles free of cost to travel short distance within the city limits. The initiative was launched on June 5, World Environment Day. KMRL MD Elias George IAS inaugurated the public bike sharing system by riding a bicycle.

11) Multi-model transport system

Kochi Water Metro, an integrated water transport has been envisaged to connect people residing near the Kochi backwaters to the mainland, thereby improving their livelihoods and economic status. Waterways would be used as a feeder service to KMRL, thereby helping reduce road traffic.

12) Train doors to close to the beat of chenda

Temples festivals are a big part of Kerala’s culture.


the doors of the trains will close to the beat of chenda (drums).

Article by TNM
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Best thing is that now there is an employer who provides job to transgenders. It's a great initiative. They are Indian too so Govt should do more for these people.

As Promised

A day reserved for special need kids, differently abled, elderly from old age homes in and around the city to enjoy metrorides!




Kochi Metro will be opened to Public from tomorrow (19/06/2017) from 06:00 AM onwards.

Metro running time is from Morning 06:00 AM to Night 10:00 PM.
Kochi Metro a hit on first day itself..
62,320 passengers boarded Kochi Metro on the first day, till 7 pm. Rs.20,42,740 /- is the ticket revenue.

Rush for 09:30PM trip
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