PM Modi inaugurates Kochi Metro PM Modi today inaugurated the Kochi Metro along with a host of dignitaries, including ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan. Nearly 1000 women and 23 transgenders are being selected to work in Kochi Metro rail system. The Kochi Metro will be the country’s eighth inter-city metro rail project. The Metro coaches reflect “ Make in India” vision. They have been built by Alstom near Chennai, and have an Indian component of around 70%. It has 11 stations covering nearly 13 km, from Palarivattom to Aluva. This is the longest first phase of a metro to be inaugurated. Special Features The Kochi Metro is the first in India to use Communication Based Train Control technology to maximise frequencies and minimise errors. Each station will showcase a theme, such as maritime history, western ghats as well as the local history of the city, among others. Each station on the Kochi Metro will have solar panels, which will focus on producing 35 per cent of the total power usage. According to the Kochi Metro website, the project cost an estimated Rs. 5,180 crore. The fare will vary from a minimum of Rs. 15 to a maximum of Rs. 30. The Kochi Metro is the county’s first fully integrated metro. By purchasing a single ticket, commuters will be able to travel in feeder services along road and water.