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.

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