Date of Post: 04 Oct, 2017
Kochi: The second reach of Kochi Metro from Palarivattom to Maharaja’s College ground commissioned on Tuesday by State CM Pinarayi Vijayan in the presence of Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
Vijayan and Puri took a ride in the Metro from Palarivattom to Maharaja’s College station covering a distance of 5 kms.
- The first phase between Aluva to Palarivattom covering 13.26 km was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 17.
- With the second stretch getting operational, the Kochi Metro station now covers 18 kms from Aluva to Maharaja’s College station.
- Puri, speaking on the occasion, said he wanted the state government to complete the remaining stretch expeditiously & extended full support of the Centre for it.
- He said,”With the commissioning of the 5 km stretch today Kochi Metro operation of metro rail in the country has come to 383 km.”
- Construction of another 520 km was in progress and in different stages, he added.
- Puri expressed confidence that within 2 years time, total metro rail operations in the country would touch 600 kms.
- “Metro rail projects should have professional and sound economic management to make it more viable and cost-efficient,” he said.
CM Seeks Support Of Centre for Metro project
- Vijayan, in his address, sought the support & co-operation of the Centre for the completion of Kochi Metro upto Petta & from there to Tripunithura.
- The extension of metro rail to Kakkanad, the hub of IT companies in the state, would also be taken up, the Chief Minister said.
- He assured that the proposed metro water project for Kochi city, Hill Highway, Coastal highway & National Waterways projects would be completed on a war footing.