PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of Kochi Metro Phase 2; other projects


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of Kochi Metro Phase 2 and for three other projects involving the re-development of railways stations in Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town, and Kollam. The event in Kerala was also attended by Governor Arif Muhammed Khan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Furthermore, a 27-km double line of the Indian Railways connecting the Kuruppanthara-Kottayam-Chingavanam sections was inaugurated by the Prime Minister. The project cost Rs 750 crore to complete. The PM also inaugurated special train services between Kottayam-Ernakulam and Kollam-Punalur and dedicated to the nation the newly electrified section between Kollam and Punalur that was completed at a cost of Rs 76 crore and will boost eco-tourism in addition to serving as a faster and more cost-effective mode of transportation through the picturesque route.

Among the railway development projects for Kerala, Modi laid the foundation stone for three station redevelopment projects worth an estimated Rs 1,059 crore. Also, Modi laid the foundation stone of the Kochi Metro Phase- II project and inaugurated phase 1A, the first stretch from SN Junction to Vadakkekotta. In a statement, Prime Minster, “In the last eight years, the Central Government has continuously worked to make the metro rail the most prominent mode of urban transport.”



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