Kochi: Kochi Metro, Kerala’s first ever metro rail project, was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The first ever metro rail service in a Tier-II city, Kochi Metro saw the Prime Minister taking a ride from Palarivattom station to Pathadippalam station.
The inaugural ceremony was held at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium. Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala, Ernakulam MP K V Thomas, and ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan were present at the inauguration ceremony.
Significant about the Kochi metro is that it has a gender-balanced workforce, as several women have been appointed in its operations. KMRL has collaborated with Kudumbashree, the women empowerment-oriented self-help group initiated by the Kerala government, in this regard.
Further, it has also appointed 23 members from the transgender community in its customer service operations and as ground staff. The metro rail service has also taken the green route by installing solar panels to generate power on the rooftops of all stations between Aluva and Palarivattom.
Kochi Metro also has made special provision for wheelchairs and coaches specially for people with disabilities.