Kochi: Kerala metro phase 1 has been completed with the commissioning of the Thykoodam-Petta stretch, announced Hardeep Singh Puri, MoS, I/C, Housing and Urban Affairs. Puri added that Phase-1 of the Kochi Metro is now complete at a cost of ₹6218 crores. He further said that the proposal for Phase-2 of Kochi Metro is under active consideration of Govt of India and would be approved soon.
Thykoodam-Petta stretch of Kochi Metro was inaugurated by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi VIjayan through video conference on Monday.
Addressing at the online launch, Puri urged the people of the country to travel responsibly while adhering to various SOPs issued in different states for metro operations. Union Minister along with Kerala Chief Minister flagged off the train from Petta at 12:30 PM in a virtual inauguration conducted over video conference. The commencement of civil works from SN Junction to Thrippunithura by unveiling the plaques was also done.
Kerala Ministers, MPs, MLAs, Chief Secretary and senior officials also joined the virtual inauguration.
With the inauguration of the 1.33 km stretch from Thykoodam to Petta today, the total operational stretch will be 25.2 Kms. From technology, to manpower, to process and functioning, Kochi Metro has been a pioneer. With the commissioning of Petta-Thykoodam stretch, Kochi Metro should be able to increase ridership to over one lakh per day.
KMRL's Petta station has been inaugurated today, with the launch of Thykoodam – Petta stretch. This also marks the completion of blue line, Phase 1 of Kochi Metro, and commencement of civil works for Tripunithura extension.#Metrocares #Petta #KochiMetro pic.twitter.com/i23SUEAiG7
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