Saturday, January 2, 2016

Kochi Metro: Coaches handed over to Kerala

HYDERABAD: The first three coaches for the Kochi Metro Rail Project have been handed over to Kerala. Union Minister Venkiah Naidu flagged off the trailor lorries carrying the coaches at a function held at Alstom Plant, Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. The coaches are of high quality.

Ministers Aryadan Muhammed, K V Thomas MP, MLAs Hibi Eden, Anwar Sadath, Kochi Metro MD Eliyas George, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation CMD Manku Singh, DMRC chief advisor E Sreedharan, Alstom Transports India MD Bharat Salhotra and many others attended the function. 

The construction of the coaches were completed in nine months. The coaches were made in India using construction materials indigenously available by Alstom, a company in France, as part of Make in India Project. The lorries carrying the coaches will leave Sri City by night and reach Kerala via Salem, Coimbatore on January 10. The trailors will travel only during night time so that traffic will not be disrupted.

The coaches reaching Muttam Metro Yard in Kochi would be unloaded and then united at the inspection bay there. The first trial run of the train shifted to the test track will be on January 23. The test track is of 900 metres long. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will flag off the trial run. The company will make 75 coaches at 633 crores for Kerala. Other things including metro’s signalling facility will be monitored by the Alstom Company. 

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