Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. has announced that its new 5 km Palarivattom – Maharaja’s College section of the 25.612 km Line-1 will be inaugurated on October 3 at 11 am, just in time for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup which starts on October 6. Kerala’s Chief Minister had confirmed his availability a week ago, but KMRL was waiting to hear back from the Union Minister for Urban Development to finalize the date.
This date has been fixed even before the final safety inspection by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) takes place on September 25-26. KMRL seems to be confident enough of securing the CMRS’ statutory approval and not being forced to make any major rectifications that can potentially stall its opening.
This new elevated section of Line-1 runs on Banerjee Road and MG Road, and once operational will extend the 13.2 km operational line deep into the city center through 5 new stations at JLN Stadium, Kaloor, Lisie, MG Road and Maharaja’s College –
A brief history of the line’s testing along with some station images can be viewed here.
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