Kochi: The Kochi Metro, Kerala’s first metro line, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, who also took the ride on the newly constructed rapid transport.
PM Modi was joined by other dignitaries including Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu as well as E Sreedharan, popularly known as India’s ‘Metro Man’.
With 11 stations covering nearly 13 km – from Palarivattom to Aluva – this is the longest first phase of a metro to be inaugurated.
By road, it takes around 45 minutes to travel from Aluva to Palarivattom. The Metro will limit the travel time to 23 minutes. 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.
The construction of the Kochi Metro began in 2013 and was tasked to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
As per sources, 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.