Livemint: January 04, 2016
Chennai/Kochi: Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) has received the first set of ‘Made in India’ coaches which were ordered in August 2014, five months ahead of schedule from Alstom Transport which is the rolling stock manufacturer for the project. The company is responsible for the design, manufacturing, supply, installation and commissioning of 25 standard track gauge trains. Union Urban Development minister Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu flagged off the first train set at an official ceremony held at the Alstom’s facility in Sri City Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Tada in Andhra Pradesh.The Kochi Metro coach has differentiated itself with any other metro system by fitting two air conditioning units per car for the comfort of commuters. The 25 coaches would run on an elevated metro rail network 25 km long and 22 stations across Kochi. The metro line is expected to be open by end of 2016.
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