In what is being called as a major boost for Kerala's transportation sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the Kochi Metro on Sunday.
Hailed as India's first integrated multi-mode transport system, the inaugural ceremony of Kerala's first Metro service will be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium.
Accompanied by Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala, Ernakulam MP K V Thomas, and 'Metro man' E Sreedharan, PM Modi will ride the rail from Palarivattom to Pathadippalam after the inauguration.
Later in the day, Modi will meet Chief Minister Vijayan and other cabinet ministers to discuss developmental activities implemented in the state.
The Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL), since its inception has focused on providing world-class amenities to the people of Kochi, apart from easing road traffic by providing end-to-end connectivity.
The Kochi Metro rail will have low-floor buses and autos plying as metro feeders and the KMRL has also roped in Kochi Water Metro, a water transport unit functioning as feeders for those living by the banks of the backwaters.
Apart from a special provision for wheelchairs, coaches have earmarked specially for people with disabilities.
(With inputs from agencies)