Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Kochi for the inauguration of the commercial services of the Kochi Metro on the 13 km long Aluva–Palarivattom section of the 27 km Line-1 on June 17, 2017. According to PTI, the Prime Minister will be inaugurating the Kochi Metro at 11 am on the said day. A KMRL official spoke about the occasion and said, “Before the inaugural function, the Prime Minister will board the train from Palariattom and travel till Pathadippalam and come back to Palarivattom along with the dignitaries”. According to reports, the Kochi Metro would be a modern transport facility in the country that would provide groundbreaking opportunities by opening up positions for not only hundreds of female employees but also for the transgender community in the country. The reports state that more than 600 trained women from the ‘Kudumbasree Mission’ have already been employed for the smooth functioning of the first phase of the metro, that is to be operated from Aluva to Palarivottom.The Kochi Metro Rail Limited is also reported to have provided employment to 25 members of the transgender community in various jobs in the range of handling the ticket counters to housekeeping.
The Kochi Metro Rail Limited is also reported to have provided employment to 25 members of the transgender community in various jobs in the range of handling the ticket counters to housekeeping. According to PTI, the new decision to employ transgenders has been taken after the Kerala government’s newly adopted transgender policy that envisages to end the social stigma towards the community and make sure of non-discriminatory treatment.
You may also like to watch:
A controversy had erupted earlier over the inauguration following the BJP leadership in the state had alleged that the govt wanted to inaugurate the project in the month of May when PM Modi would have been on his 4 nation European tour. However, the Chief Minister had put an end to the controversy and said that the state government was constantly in touch with the Prime Minister’s office would only decide on a final date following confirmation. The state government had recently given clearance for extension of phase II of Kochi Metro from Jawaharlal Nehru stadium to Infopark.