Two days after Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) principal advisor E Sreedharan suggested the inauguration of the first phase of Kochi Metro in April, the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) authorities hinted further delay stating that the project was in a half naked state. 

"We can't start operations at half naked state. Several things are still in experimental state and people would get to ride the metro only after all works are completed," KMRL managing director Elias George said. 

"The railway safety commissioner will inspect the system in April first week. Works of stations are yet to be completed," he said. 

Stations would be run by Kudumbashree workers. The theming work will ensure that the sites can act as tourist centres. 

Sreedharan had on March 13 said that the Chief Minister had given the nod to begin the operations of the metro in April itself as the works will be completed by March end. However, the date of commissioning was not set, and it was said that the exact date would be fixed after getting the nod of Railway Safety Commissioner. 

However, George said the issue was discussed with the Chief Minister, and this is why the date was not fixed then. 

"The Chief Minister was also of the opinion that the date needs to be fixed only after getting the approval of Railway Safety Commissioner. It is necessary to complete all infrastructure works, including last mile connectivity and parking facility," George said. 

KMRL has not completed the works of the parking facility at Palarivattom as they are yet to get 0.7-acre land from KSEB at Palarivattom. 

KMRL has also sought the service of State Industrial Security Force to ensure security for the metro system. "We need a minimum of 240 staff in Aluva-Palarivattom stretch," George said.