Prime Minister to take a ride on Kochi Metro before inauguration

First Published 13, Jun 2017, 4:08 PM IST
Kochi metro Prime Minister inauguration
Highlights
  • The Prime Minister will inaugurate Kochi Metro on June 17
  • Modi will board the train from Palarivattom and travel till Pathadipalam
  • He will fly down to Naval Airport at Willington Island on Saturday morning

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take a ride on Kerala Metro before inaugural function. The Prime Minister will inaugurate the much-awaited Kochi Metro on June 17. 

The venue has been fixed as Kochi Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. "The Prime Minister will board the train from Palarivattom and travel till Pathadipalam and return to boarding point, prior to the inauguration. The function will be held at 11 am," a KMRL official said. 

The Prime Minister will fly down to Naval Airport at Willington Island on Saturday morning. As many as 3,500 persons have been invited to witness the inauguration. 

Earlier, Aluva, the starting station of Kochi Metro was fixed as the venue of the inauguration, but it was later shifted to Kaloor stadium citing security reasons.Only 13 km from Aluva to Palarivattom, of the 27 km Line-1 was completed in the first phase. The facility will be open to public only on June 19. 

Kochi Metro would be a modern transport facility in the country that would provide groundbreaking opportunities by opening up positions for not only hundreds of female employees but also for the transgender community in the country. The reports state that more than 600 trained women from the ‘Kudumbasree Mission’ have already been employed for the smooth functioning of the first phase of the metro, that is to be operated from Aluva to Palarivottom.The Kochi Metro Rail Limited is also reported to have provided employment to 25 members of the transgender community in various jobs in the range of handling the ticket counters to housekeeping.

The Kochi Metro Rail Limited is also reported to have provided employment to 25 members of the transgender community in various jobs in the range of handling the ticket counters to housekeeping. According to PTI, the new decision to employ transgenders has been taken after the Kerala government’s newly adopted transgender policy that envisages to end the social stigma towards the community and make sure of non-discriminatory treatment.

 (With inputs from PTI)

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