Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Image: PTI)
The hours long wait has finally come to an end as Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the commercial services of the Kochi Metro on Saturday at 11 am.
The inaugural ceremony of Kerala's first Metro service has been taking place at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium. Kerala's first metro service is also known as India's first integrated multi-mode transport system.
Latest media report suggests that the Prime minister has already reached Palarivattam station and after cutting the ribbon entered station and boarded Metro as its first passenger.
As per previous schedule he 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 along with CM Vijayan, Governor Sathasivam and Venkaiah Naidu talked to officials onboard first train.
The Kochi Metro is the first public transport system which will reserve jobs for members of the third sex and will be manned mainly by women a self-help group.
PM Modi would also inaugurate the 'nationwide P N Panicker memorial reading day celebrations' at a function to be held at St Theresa's College in Kochi on June 17.