Adding yet another feather in the cap of Indian transportation system, PM Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Kochi Metro. Kerala’s prestigious Kochi Metro began its commercial operations after the PM flagged it off. The Prime Minister was also accompanied by Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting, Venkaiah Naidu. The Prime Minister also congratulated Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Metro Man Dr E Sreedharan for their work. After the inauguration, the PM took a metro ride too. Here are key things about the Kochi Metro which make it unique:-
– Every metro station has been designed on a specific theme around Kerala culture and geography.
– 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 world-class metro system in Kochi would enhance the quality of life for the Greater Kochi metro area by improving regional connectivity and reducing overcrowding, traffic congestion, transit time, air and noise pollution.
– Kochi Metro has also included the LGBT community in its operations, thus becoming the first organization to appoint transgenders as per the state government’s transgender policy.
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– A unique aspect of Kochi metro stations will be the deployment of members of Kudumbasree – the women empowerment-oriented, community-based, poverty reduction self-help group project of the Kerala government- for managing the station operations.
Kudumbasree 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.
– The Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL), which was started five years ago with the objective of building and running a metro line, is trying to build itself as Kerala’s urban transport solutions provider.
– Being the first metro system in the country with an integrated multi-model transport system, Kochi Metro will not only give the city a much-required face-lift but also provide end-to-end connectivity.
– The first phase comprises a 13 km stretch between Aluva and Palarivattom.