KOCHI (Metro Rail News): Kochi metro had informed that PM Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the 11.20 km Phase-2 and inaugurate Phase-1A of the metro corridor on 1st of the September at 6.30 Pm in Kakkanad. Phase 1 A will stretch from SN junction to Vadakkekotta and Phase 2 stretch from JLN international stadium to Infopark. Phase II will have 11 stations.
The ceremony will be held at the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) trade fair and exhibition center in the presence of Kerala Governor Arif Muhammed Khan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Mayor M Anilkumar, Member of Parliament Hibi Eden, Antony Raju (minister of transport), and P Rajeev (minister of Industries, Law, and Coir) will grace the function with their Presence.
Phase 1 extension is the first stretch directly taken up by Kochi Metro Rail Limited. Kochi Metro will cover a distance of at least 27 km with 24 stations with the inauguration of Phase IA. The revenue operations of both the stations will begin at 7 pm, soon after the Honourable PM dedicates the stations to the people of Kochi.
Additionally, he will dedicate the Kollam-Punalur electrified line to the nation and begin the redevelopment of Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town, and Kollam railway stations to make them world-class railway stations. A brand-new MEMU train is expected to run in the newly electrified railway station.
Ernakulam’s two railway station renovation costs will be 669 crores. Railways sources stated that the two station buildings will be demolished in three stages to minimize disruption to the public and new multi-story ones will be constructed in two years.
KMRL is expecting an average of one lakh commuters per day from Phase 1A.