Kochi: Kochi Metro Rail, the most prestigious and long cherished dream of Keralites, will move on track, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the Nation here on Saturday.
Modi, who will arrive in the city tomorrow morning, will formally dedicate the Rs 5,181.79 crore metro rail, the eighth metro service to be made operational in the country, at 11am.
Though the total length of the metro rail was 25.612 km, the Prime Minister would launch the first phase of 13-km from Aluva to Palarivattom.
There would be 22 stations from between Aluva and Thripunithura. The Kochi Metro was unique in many ways, as the doors of the coaches would be opened with music of ‘’chenda,’’ Kerala’s traditional percussion instrument.
The Kochi Metro, the longest first phase metro operation in the country, was offering free Wi-Fi to its commuters.
Kochi Metro would have another feather on its cap with completion of the project in a record time of 45 months, thanks to Metro Man E. Sreedharan, under whose guidance the work was undertaken.
Regarding the other metro projects time of completion, Mumbai took 72 months to operate its first 11-km run, while that of Chennai Metro 72 months for the completion of first phase of four km, Jaipur Metro (56 months for 9.02 km), Delhi Metro (50 months for 8.5 km) and Bangalore (50 months for 8.5 km).
The other speciality of Kochi Metro is its green energy, as it would be the first metro service in the country to generate energy through solar power to meet quarter of its energy requirements.
With every one of its 23 stations having solar panels, which could generate 2.3 MW and a 4 MW, plans are underway to meet as much as half of its electricity demands through solar power.
The metro was also offering bicycles for free at every station for passengers to roam around the city.
Kochi was the first metro and the first State-owned company in the country, appointed a large number of transgenders.
Once the Kochi metro project was completed, 80 per cent of women would be part of it.
Apart from offering mobility solution, the Kochi metro also planning to introduce boat rides with water transport envisaged as a feeder service to the rail corridor.
The proposed Rs 819 crore water metro projects was the works to connect the metro to the ten islands of Kochi, with the first phase of it was expected to be operational by the end of 2018.