Kochi Metro inauguration PM Narendra Modi flags off first train, takes ride with Sreedharan, CM Vijayan

10.15 am: PM Modi arrives at the Kochi naval base in a special aircraft. Governor Sathasivam and CM Pinarayi Vijayan receive him

10.30 am: PM Modi’s motorcade proceeds towards Palarivattam Metro station.

11 am: PM Modi reaches Palarivattam station. Cuts ribbon and enters station and boards Metro as its first passenger. Will travel to Pathadippalam station and return to Palarivattam again in 15 minutes. Sreedharan and VIPs including Union minister Venkaiah Naidu travelling with PM Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the maiden run of the Kochi Metro on Saturday, and take a ride on one of the trains. One of the fastest to be built in the country, the Kochi Metro is the first public transport system to reserve jobs for members of the third sex and it will be manned mainly by women a self-help group.

11.02 am: PM Modi, CM Vijayan, Governor Sathasivam and Venkaiah Naidu talk to officials onboard first train.

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