UPA-II led by former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh from May 2009 to May 2014 has approved the Kochi Metro in 2012.
In Malayalam, BJP said “Kochi Metro Yadharthyamaakiya Pradhanamantri Narendra Modikku Abhivadyangal” (Salutations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who made Kochi Metro a Reality”) and in and around Kochi posters was sticked ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the city to inaugurate the Kochi Metro on June 17, 2017.
Rachit Seth of Congress tweeted:
— Rachit Seth (@rachitseth) June 15, 2017
— Rachit Seth (@rachitseth) June 14, 2017
It was Dr Manmohan Singh government who approved Kochi Metro during the second term of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
The foundation stone of the Kochi Metro was laid by Dr Singh on September 13, 2012.
The Kochi Metro is estimated to cost Rs 5,181.79 crore. It is being built by the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd, a special purpose vehicle of the central and state governments, equally owned by both.
The Kochi Metro project has been commissioned in a record 45 months, faster than India’s other metro projects, Mint reported on June 16, 2017.
The great thing about Kochi Metro is, Up to 80% of the Kochi Metro’s employees are likely to be women, again, likely to be a national landmark. The company has already hired 23 transgenders across 11 metro stations at different posts which is again a record.
Currently Metro rail lines now operate in seven cities—Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur Mumbai and Gurgaon — with a combined length of 326 km.
India has great metro rail opportunity, as the projects, once implemented and operationalised, will help bring down traffic, accidental deaths and fuel consumption, IndiaSpend reported on January 20, 2015.
Source : HT and FactChecker.in