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303/2022-23 05-09-2022
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India visits Kochi in Kerala

Hon’ble PM dedicated to the Nation the Doubling of Kuruppanthara – Kottayam-Chingavanam section and flagged off of Special Train – Cost of the doubling project Rs.750 Crore

Hon’ble PM dedicated to the Nation the newly electrified section between Kollam – Punalur and flagging off of Special Train– Cost of the project Rs. 76 Crore

Hon’ble PM laid the foundation stone for the Redevelopment of three Railway stations in Kerala–Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town  and Kollam  Estimated total cost of station redevelopment projects – Rs.1059 Crore

Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India visited the state of Kerala o­n 1st September 2022 and dedicated and laid the foundation stone for important infrastructural projects at Cochin International Airport Ltd, Kochi in the presence of  Shri Arif Mohammed Khan, Hon’ble Governor of Kerala ,  Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri V.Muraleedharan, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs and other elected representatives including State Ministers from Kerala, Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assembly.

Among the rail development projects for the State of Kerala, Hon’ble Prime Minister dedicated to the Nation the Doubling of 27 Km Kuruppanthara – Kottayam-Chingavanam section completed at a cost of Rs.750 Crore.   The Prime Minister also flagged off a special train service from Kottayam to Ernakulam.  Speaking at the function, Hon’ble PM stated that as the entire 634 Km stretch from Thiruvananthapuram to Mangaluru is fully doubled now, the section will offer seamless connectivity to the people of Kerala. He expressed his happiness of the section being a boon to lakhs of devotees bound for Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple from various parts of the country.

Hon’ble PM dedicated to the Nation the newly electrified section between Kollam – Punalur completed at a cost of Rs. 76 Crore.  The Hon'ble  Prime Minister also flagged off a special train service from Kollam to Punalur.  Elucidating the benefits of the  section in his address, Hon’ble PM said that the picturesque Kollam – Punalur electrified section will offer a fillip to tourism besides offering fast and affordable means of transportation in the area. 

During the function Hon’ble PM also laid the foundation stone for the Redevelopment of three Railway stations in Kerala–Ernakulam Junction (Estimated cost:Rs.445 Crore), Ernakulam Town (Estimated cost:Rs.226 Crore) and Kollam (Estimated cost:Rs.388 Crore).  The Estimated total cost of these three station redevelopment projects is Rs.1059 Crores.  Hon’ble PM elaborated o­n the futuristic infra, pleasing ambience and world-class amenities these redeveloped stations will offer to the common man.

The main function of Hon’ble Prime Minister was beamed live at Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town,  Kottayam and Kollam railway stations which were connected to the main venue through Video Conferencing. Elected representatives at other locations  attended the function at these locations. Shri B.G.Mallya, General Manager, Southern Railway, Shri R.Mukund, Divisional Railway Manager, Thiruvananthapuram and Principal Heads of Departments of Southern Railway attended the function at Kochi.

A new MEMU Express Train service (T.No.16309/16310) will be introduced between Ernakulam and Kayankulam and regular operations will commence from 2nd September 2022.   Two pairs of Passenger Train services (T.Nos.06661/06669 & 06666/06670) presently operated in Kollam – Punalur section will be converted into MEMU services and commence operations from 2nd September 2022.

Apart from Railway projects, Hon’ble Prime Minister inaugurated the Phase 1A of Kochi Metro between SN junction to Vadakkekotta.  Hon’ble PM also laid the foundation stone for the Phase-2 of Kochi Metro from Jawaharlal Nehru stadium metro station to Infopark, Kakkanad.


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