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PM Modi inaugurates Kochi Metro, takes train ride with CM Vijayan, Metro Man Sreedharan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is today in Kerala where he inaugurated the much-awaited Kochi Metro. After arriving at the INS Garuda Naval Air Station today morning, Modi headed to the Palarivattom station, where he cut a commemorative ribbon before boarding a Metro train.

The official Twitter account of the Prime Minister's Office called the Kochi Metro "futuristic infrastructure that will contribute to India's growth".

Modi along with Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu took a Metro ride on the newly inaugurated Kochi Metro line.

Other officials and dignitaries accompanying Modi include Urban Development Secretary Rajiv Gouba, Kerala Chief Secretary Nalini Netto and and KMRL MD Elias George.

'Metro man' E Sreedharan, who was earlier reported to have not been given a seat on the dais, is also present on the Metro ride.

The prime minister was also seen waving at the crowds present on stations along the Kochi Metro's route. During the Metro ride, PM Modi was seen chatting with Sreedharan.

PM Modi inaugurated the 13-kilometer section of Kochi Metro from the Palarivattom station. Modi reached the station at around 11 am boarded a Metro train after cutting a ribbon.

Following the train ride, Modi and other officials will be at the JLN Stadium in Kaloor where a public event has been scheduled.