Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the multi-model Kochi metro here. Hailed as India’s first integrated multi-mode transport system, the inaugural ceremony of Kerala’s first Metro service was held at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium. Prime Minister Modi took a ride in the metro train from Palarivattom to Pathadippalam.Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan were among those who accompanied the prime minister in the train.During the journey, Modi waved at the crowd as Sreedharan and Kochi Metro Rail Ltd Managing Director Elias George interacted with him. The estimated completed cost of the metro touched Rs 5,181.79 crore.
The 13-km long stretch spans across Aluva and Palarivattom. KMRL has collaborated with Kudumbashree, the women empowerment-oriented self-help group initiated by the State Government. The KMRL has also appointed as many as 23 transgenders for customer service operations and as ground staff.
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