KOCHI: Kochi Metro was opened to public on Monday morning. The first train carrying city residents left Palarivattom and Aluva stations at 6am. For most of the residents, it was joy ride as they thronged ticket counters as early as 4.45am.
The Metro trains will finish the day’s ride at 10pm at Aluva. There would be 219 trips between 6am and 10pm from Monday.
The first passengers to enter the Metro train at Palarivattom station reached the premises as early as 4.45am.
Latha S Pillai, a school teacher, her husband Gireesh Kumar and children Devi Krishna and Bhadra Krishna were the first passengers.
The first 13km stretch of Kochi Metro, completed in record time and incorporating state-of-the-art communication facilities that none other metros in India possess.
Expected to bring considerable relief to the city’s chronic traffic congestion, the Metro is also likely to put the state’s development agenda back on track.