Dedicating Kerala’s 1st Metro, PM Modi said ‘Kochi will be India’s 1st to get modern open-loop Smart Card’
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 17-Jun-2017

Kochi, June 16: Today the Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Kerala’s 1st Metro service which is backed by the India’s 1st integrated multi-mode transport system. Inaugurating Kochi Metro Station PM Modi and other dignitaries took a rail ride from Palarivattom to Pathadippalam.

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, M Venkaiah Naidu addressed the inaugural session of Kochi’s Metro Rail service along with, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Kummanam Rajasekharan Kerala’s President of Bharatiya Janata Party and other dignitaries present at the event. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, M Venkaiah Naidu welcomed everyone with warm greetings and encouraged to develop better Inida by adopting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘ Reform Perform Transform’ approach.  Naidu thanked Government of Kerala and every individual who made this dream possible. Encouraging people to move towards ‘public transport’ in the wake to reduce congestion in transport on roads indirectly to prevent environment from pollution.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Viajayan unveiled Kochi Metro android app. Also CM Vijayan addressed audience and spoke about the Kochi Metro Railway.

Dedicating Kochi Metro Railway Service to the people of Kerala further Prime Minister addressed the Kochi people by welcoming them in their language and warm wishes. Highlighting its cultural importance PM Modi said that “Kochi, the Queen of Arabian Sea was once an important spice trading centre. Today it is known as the commercial capital of Kerala.” Congratulating Kochi people he said that Kochi should have a Metro rail service as it has good strength of population. Also the Kochi Metro will contribute to economic growth of Kerala.

Government of Kochi and government of India mutual helped made this dream possible which is worth Rs.2000 Crores. The coaches reflect “ #MakeInIndia ” vision. They have been built by Alstom near Chennai, and have an Indian component of around 70%, PM Modi added.

Over the last three years, my Government has placed special focus on overall infrastructure development of the nation, PM Modi asserted. Also molding the dream of ‘Digital world’ India is heading towards, PM Modi spoke over the significance of Kochi Metro android app. Also PM Modi assertively spoke about the selection of 23 transgenders employed to word for Kochi Metro railway service. Indian government focuses on the overall development of the nation. PM Modi also spoke about the future projects which will integrate logistics and advanced technology for better development. 

Complementing Kochi, PM Modi said that Kochi will be one of the few cities in the world and the first in India to have a modern open-loop Smart Card. There is need to bring about paradigm shift in urban planning, by adopting a people-centric approach & integrating land-use & transport. There is need to bring about a paradigm shift in urban planning by adopting a people-centric approach & integrating land-use & transport. Kochi was selected as a Smart City in Round 1 of the challenge in January 2016. I hope it will do even better in the days to come.