Kochi Metro: Oommen Chandy to take first ride after being kept out of list of invitees for inauguration
Former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy, who did not attend Saturday's Kochi Metro inauguration after being kept out of the main list of invitees, will take his first ride on the metro along with all UDF legislators on Tuesday.
Thiruvananthapuram: Former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy, who did not attend Saturday's Kochi Metro inauguration after being kept out of the main list of invitees, will take his first ride on the metro along with all UDF legislators on Tuesday.
Chandy's being kept out of the main list of special invitees alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised eyebrows, as it was during his tenure 2011-2016 that practically every aspect of the metro, including the inking of the agreement, commencement of the work and the trial run was completed.
Chandy, however, kept mum about his exclusion from the main list of special invitees. Though he was given an invite to be seated among the audience, he did not attend the event.
The Congress is planning to make the Kochi metro ride a major event.
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.
The first phase is 25 km long of which 13 km is completed and its commercial operations have begun.
'Metro man' E Sreedharan on Thursday did not make a big deal about the Kochi metro controversy and said that these things were normal for security reasons.
In more trouble for Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, whose office is under a cloud over the solar panel scam, the complainant in the case tonight claimed he had met and discussed the project with him and accused Saritha Nair was also present at that time.
A number of officials from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) allegedly received bribes from the UK firm.