Seven women will pilot new high-speed Kochi Metro
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off commuter service on June 7
Seven women are among the 39 loco pilots (drivers) that have been recruited for the Kochi Metro ahead of the maiden run of the ambitious Rs1,500 crore (US$2.3 million) service, which will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 17, according to officials.
The Kochi Metro, capable of achieving a maximum speed of 90km per hour, will be the fastest system of its kind in the country when it is launched in Aluva, Ernakulam district, Kerala, according to reports.
A decision was made to launch the operation in June at a meeting held between Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and senior DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) and Kochi Metro Rail Line officials in Thiruvananthapuram.