PM Modi inaugurates Kochi Metro

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PM Modi boards Metro train.

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The prime minister cuts ribbon to inaugurate Metro at Palarivattom station.

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PM Modi enters Palarivattom Metro station as crowd cheers.

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Train that PM boards will be wrapped in design representing beauty of Kochi

The Metro train, which the Prime Minister boards, will be wrapped in a design representing the beauty of Kochi and the state. It touches upon the rural life in the state and is complete with the `Pappanji’ of Kochi, monuments, festivals and other spectacular sights from Kerala.

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​ Governor Justice P Sadashivam, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Kochi Mayor Soumini Jain, Suresh Gopi, MP, receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala arrives at the venue

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Prime minister Narendra Modi lands at Kochi naval base for Metro inauguration.

09:53 AM (IST)

Ministers, dignitaries reach venue

State ministers, dignitaries and special invitees start reaching the venue. Education minister C Ravindranath and several MLAs from Ernakulam and neighbouring districts seated at the venue.

09:32 AM (IST)

People from all walks of life throng Jawaharlal Nehru stadium to witnesses the inauguration of Kochi Metro.

09:11 AM (IST)

* Kochi metro will be India’s first to extensively use solar panels. As many as 22 stations will have solar panels.

* Kochi metro plans to meet 25% of its electricity needs from solar power

* Vertical gardens on certain pillars of the metro network will use compost generated from municipal waste

* Reportedly the first govt agency in India to hire transgenders; 23 are expected to be on duty for the inaugural run

* Kochi will be the first Indian city where a water ferry will be developed as a feeder service, called ‘Water Metro’, to the metro

09:07 AM (IST)

Special kids will get a ride on Kochi Metro on Sunday

​ The kids will take the train at 10.15 am in two batches of 300 children and they will travel from Kalamassery to Aluva and return back to the starting station.

08:58 AM (IST)

‘Yet another feather in Kochi’s cap’

The preparations for the inauguration have been on full swing. From barricades to traffic control to bomb squad but it seems nothing can bring down the excitement of the general public. “I think the Metro adds yet another feather in Kochi’s cap,” said Ajithalekshmi an employee of HDFC Bank.

08:45 AM (IST)

Hours ahead of the PM’s visit, Fire and Rescue Department chop down trees along major roads in Kochi.

08:42 AM (IST)

The prime minister will enter the Palarivattom Station at 10.35am. He will travel along with governor justice (retd) P Sathasivam, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, minister for urban development Venkaiah Naidu.

read more –TOI

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