Claimed to be the country's first integrated multi-model transport system, it is expected to improve regional connectivity and ease the traffic congestion in Kochi, the commercial hub of Kerala.
The 13-km stretch runs between Aluva and Palarivattom
— It is the first Metro system in the country with an integrated multi-model transport system.
— In the inaugural trip, PM Modi and other dignitaries, including ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, will ride from Palarivattom to Pathadippalam.
— Yogesh Saini and Sumit Kumar will be the Train Operators for PM's journey, a KMRL spokesperson said. Pawan Kumar and Anil Kumar will be there supporting them from the drivers' cabins.
— The Rs 5,181-crore project has been praised for its social initiatives, including the employment of 23 transgenders.
— A unique aspect of its Metro stations will be the deployment of members of Kudumbashree, a women empowerment-oriented, community-based self-help group.
— Kudumbashree will provide a vast array of services from customer relations, crowd management, housekeeping and catering services, which once operational, will be the largest crew of women to be employed by any Metro.
— Women will also be seen behind the Metro wheel. Of the 39 locopilots employed, seven are women.
— KMRL MD Elias George said around 25% of the energy needs will be met by solar power. Besides, the pillars of the Metro line will also be converted into vertical gardens and will use recycled municipal waste.
— The KMRL had organised a traditional sadya (feast) for its workers ahead of Saturday’s inauguration
The Kochi Metro is set to become India's eighth inter-city metro rail project on Saturday. It is 13-km long and has been built at a cost of Rs 5,181-crore.
: The Kochi Metro is the longest first phase metro operation in the country. It took the shortest time — 45 months — to be commissioned into service. While Mumbai Metro took 75 months to finish its first 11-km run, Chennai Metro took 72 months for completion of its first phase of 4 km