KOCHI (Metro Rail News): Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan along with Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated Metro Services on Maharaja’s College-Thykoodam stretch of Kochi Metro today. During the inauguration State Transport Minister Sh AK Saseendran, MP Shri Hibi Eden, Metro Man Dr E Sreedharan, Dy German Amb Dr Jasper Weick and Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Govt. of India where also present.
The newly-inaugurated Maharaja’s College Junction to Thykoodam, a 5 km long stretch takes the total distance covered by the Kochi Metro so far to around 24 km. Now the Kochi Metro added a total of five new stations — Ernakulam South, Kadavanthra, Elamkulam, Vyttila and Thykoodam in its network.
“Systems of mass rapid transport such as metro and light metro were inevitable, since over 60 crore Indians would be living in urban areas by 2030” Said Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Development.
873 km of metro rail systems are under construction in 27 cities, he added. The Centre issued specifications for light metros in July since metro rail was capital intensive, he said. The 5.6 km extension of the Kochi Metro will go up to Thykoodam. Metro trains will operate in the extended corridor from Wednesday.
Chief Minister Vijayan and Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri also flagged off the groundbreaking ceremony of Terminal 1 of India’s first water metro project in Kochi and laying of foundation stone ceremony of Petta-SN Junction section of Kochi Metro. After inaugurating the function. The remaining one-kilometer stretch which will connect Petta, in the first phase, is expected to be completed by January next year.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the first modern ferry for the ₹740 crore water metro project would be launched in March 2020. CNG-run buses will operate in feeder routes in the islands linked by water metro ferries, said the Chief Minister.