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PMO invites Sreedharan to share dais with Modi at Kochi Metro inauguration

The PMO has also invited Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala to share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration on Saturday.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2017 10:34 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service, Thiruvananthapuram
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‘Metro man' and DMRC Principal Advisor, E Sreedharan during the inspection of the newly constructed Kochi Metro train station Palarivattom on Thursday. (PTI)

After widespread criticism, “Metro man” E Sreedharan has been invited to the inauguration of Kochi Metro on Saturday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it was announced on Thursday.

The Prime Minister’s Office has invited both Sreedharan and Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala to share the dais, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran and BJP state president Kummanem Rajasekheran separately told the media.

After it became clear on Wednesday that Sreedharan was not among the invitees to be with Modi on the dais, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to the PMO. But the request to include local legislator PT Thomas on the dais was not accepted.

Modi will arrive at the Kochi international airport on Saturday morning and will be driven to the Pathadipalam railway station to take a Kochi Metro train to Palarivattom, six kilometres away.

From there he will drive to the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium to officially launch Kerala’s first metro by addressing a public meeting.

A Kochi Metro train leaves Changampuzha Park station during its trail run in Kochi, India, June 7, 2017. ( REUTERS )

Modi will return to Delhi after a brief meeting with the Kerala cabinet led by Vijayan.

In the Kochi Metro project, which is 25 km long, trains will run for 13 km between Palarivattom and Aluva from June 19.

Work on Kochi Metro began in 2012 after the Oommen Chandy government entrusted the project to Delhi Metro Rail Corp, with its principal advisor Sreedharan overseeing it.

First Published: Jun 15, 2017 18:09 IST