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Medilytix Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of Kochi Metro Phase II and the Indian Railways dedicated the project to the nation. During his two-day visit to Kerala, Modi laid the foundation for several other projects worth over Rs 4500 crore. The proposed phase-II corridor of Kochi Metro Rail Project from JLN stadium metro station to Infopark, Kakkanad, would cover 11.2 km and have 11 stations and with the inauguration of Phase IA, Kochi Metro would cover at least 27 km with 24 stations, an official statement said.

Other than this, he also laid the foundation stone for three railway station redevelopment projects worth an estimated Rs 1,059 crore, inaugurated the 27-km double line of Indian Railways connecting Kuruppanthara-Kottayam-Chingavanam section completed at a cost of Rs 750 crore and flagged off special train services between Kottayam-Ernakulam and Kollam-Punalur.
peaking at the event, which was also attended by Kerala Governor Arif Muhammed Khan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the PM said the connectivity projects worth Rs 4,500 crore would help improve ease of living and ease of doing business in the state. Modi noted that phase II of Kochi Metro would be a boon for the youth and professionals living in the port city.

He also said that a model of multi-modal connectivity, the Unified Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has been set up in Kochi and it will work to integrate all the modes of transport, such as metro, bus, waterway etc. “With this model of multimodal connectivity, the city of Kochi will have three direct benefits. This will reduce the travel time of the people of the city, reduce the traffic on the roads and reduce the pollution in the city.

“To protect the environment, India has taken the colossal pledge of net zero, it will also help in that. This will reduce the carbon footprint,” Modi said. The Prime Minister further said that in the years before the BJP government at the Centre, only 250 kilometers (km) of the metro network was in place in the entire country.
However, in the last eight years, 500 km have been added to that and work was going on to add another 1,000 km to the expanding metro network. Modi also claimed, in his inaugural speech, that the Centre has invested lakhs of crores of rupees in Kerala that will not only help in infrastructure development but also increase employment opportunities and boost agriculture and commerce in the state.

His claim comes at a time when the LDF government in Kerala has been alleging that the Centre was trying to hamper development in the state and push it into financial ruin by using the Enforcement Directorate to go after KIIFB and restricting the state’s capacity to avail loans from the open market.

Modi said that the Centre was spending Rs 55,000 crore on the widening the National Highway-66 to improve connectivity in the state and the doubling of the railway tracks in the Kuruppanthara-Kottayam-Chingavanam section has led to the entire 634 Km stretch from Thiruvananthapuram to Mangaluru in Karnataka becoming fully doubled.

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