Thiruvananthapuram: After widespread criticism, "Metro man" E Sreedharan has been invited to the inauguration of Kochi Metro on Saturday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it was announced on Thursday.
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has invited both Sreedharan and Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala to share the dais, tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran and BJP state president Kummanem Rajasekheran.
After it became clear on Wednesday that Sreedharan was not among the invitees to be with Modi on the dais, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to the PMO.
But the request to include local legislator PT Thomas on the dais was not accepted.
Modi will arrive at the Kochi international airport on Saturday morning and will be driven to the Pathadipalam railway station to take a Kochi Metro train to Palarivattom, six kilometres away.
From there he will drive to the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium to officially launch Kerala's first metro by addressing a public meeting.
He will return to Delhi after a brief meeting with the Kerala cabinet led by Vijayan.
In the Kochi Metro project, which is 25 kilometres long, trains will run for 13 kilometres between Palarivattom and Aluva from 19 June.
Work on Kochi Metro began in 2012 after the Oommen Chandy government entrusted the project to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, with its principal advisor Sreedharan overseeing it.
Updated Date: Jun 15, 2017 17:48 PM