1. PM Narendra Modi flags off Kochi Metro’s maiden run

PM Narendra Modi flags off Kochi Metro’s maiden run

Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially set in motion the first phase of the Kochi Metro Rail on Saturday, hailing it as “the first integrated multi-mode transport system” in India.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 18, 2017 4:11 AM
Kochi Metro, Kochi, PM Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes a ride on Kochi Metro, in Kerala on Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially set in motion the first phase of the Kochi Metro Rail on Saturday, hailing it as “the first integrated multi-mode transport system” in India. He thanked Alstom, the French company, for building the coaches with communications-based train control (CBTC) technology.

“Kochi Metro reflects the Make in India vision and is a good example of governance,” Modi said, addressing an audience of 3,500 in Kochi. The coaches have been built at the  Chennai unit of the company, and have an Indian component of around 70%.

Kochi Metro is the country’s eighth inter-city metro rail project, and is a 50:50 joint venture between the Union government and Kerala. It packs several firsts. For instance, Kochi will be first in the country to have a “water-metro”, which would be a feeder service to the rail metro. This makes it the first integrated multi-model transport system.

“In PRAGATI (pro-active governance and timely implementation) meetings, I have personally reviewed about 175 projects worth more than `8 lakh crore and resolved the bottlenecks,” the PM said. We are focusing on next-generation infrastructure, which includes logistics, digital and gas. There is need to bring a paradigm shift in urban planning by adopting a people-centric approach and integrating land use and transport, he said.

“Kochi was selected as a smart city in the first round of the challenge in January 2016. I hope it will do even better in the days to come,” Modi remarked.

The inaugurated leg of the first phase is 13 kms long and has cost `5,181 crore. Once completed, it will span 25 kms through 22 stations.

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    PAREED
    Jun 18, 2017 at 4:44 am
    THE INAUGURATION OF THE COCHIN METRO IS A HISTORIC DAY IN THE INDIAN DEVELOPMENT.THE ROADS IN KERALA IS HAVING LESS QUALITY DUE TO THE POOR ENGINEERING AND SUBSTANDARD WORK..THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA SHALL INVEST GATE THE BRIBERY IN THE WORKS AND TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE ENGINEERS
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      Nishanth
      Jun 18, 2017 at 5:54 pm
      God's beautiful nature cannot be replicated by human engineering....we people r fond of our trees...mindless 6 lanes are a cause of concern for many here...but like some of the developed countries in the world we have more of 2 lanes and 4 lanes roads...think it is more than enough....ignorant and uneducated people should not judge others...it will look more like ur statement...rdg. corruption our state ranks the least....don't judge others, thinking everyone behaves like ur m0m....
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        Altaf Ali Naushad
        Jun 18, 2017 at 9:20 pm
        Not as sub standard as your grammar though
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