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Modi to Flag Off Kochi Metro Today; Ride With CM Pinarayi, ‘Metro Man’ Sreedharan

Thiruvananthapuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off Kerala’s much-awaited Kochi metro train project on Saturday and sharing the stage will be Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Governor P Sathasivamand.

Modi will enter the Palarivattom Station at 10.35am.’Metro man’ E Sreedharan, Urban Development Secretary Rajiv Gouba, Kerala Chief Secretary Nalini Netto and Kerala Metro Rail Corporation (KMRL) MD Elias George will also travel with Prime Minister during the maiden journey from Palarivattom to Pathadippalam.

The Metro train, which the Prime Minister boards, will be wrapped in a design representing the beauty of Kochi and the state. It touches upon the rural life in the state and is complete with the `Pappanji’ of Kochi, monuments, festivals and other spectacular sights from Kerala.

After the Metro ride, the dignitaries will reach Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kaloor, to attend the public function. Representatives of various companies associated with the Metro’s construction, technology providers and coach builders will attend the event.

Meanwhile, on Friday people were stopping by at the Metro stations where there weren’t many security men. They peeked through the grills to get a feel of what’s in store for them when the Metro begins its operations. They were shooting questions to the staff and also to workers engaged at the sites who were seen explaining to them very patiently .

The public relation department organized a flash mob at Vytilla mobility hub.

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