Kochi Metro Inauguration: 'Metro Man' Denied Seat on Dais

Kochi metro launch There is no controversy PM’s Security More Important says Sreedharan

However, the PMO has approved only seven names, who would share the dais, namely Governor P.Sathasivam, Member of Parliament K.V.Thomas, Minister Thomas Chandy and Kochi Mayor Soumini Jain, besides Modi, Vijayan and KMRL Managing Director Elias George. "We have no role in this".

Commenting on the omission, P.T. Thomas MLA said that it's an insult as the people's representatives were excluded from the inauguration. Sreedharan told reporters that he had "no complaints" and would attend the event which marks the opening of Kochi Metro's Reach 1, a 13.4-km stretch between Aluva and Palarivattom. This is why many people are not happy when he was not invited for the inauguration of Kochi metro.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kochi Metro at Kaloor International Stadium on June 17 at 11 am. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan shot off a letter to the prime minister seeking to revise the list. "This is totally unfair". Even officials from the Kochi Metro Rail Corporation said that they could not do anything since the final list was prepared by the PMO.

The CM has now written to the PMO to include the name of Sreedharan along with the leader of the opposition, Ramesh Chennithala, and PT Thomas.

In the letter, the chief minister has asked the prime minister to re-examine the list and take necessary steps.

"Kochi Metro is our pet project and in no way UDF can stay away from its opening ceremony", he told media persons here on Wednesday while responding to queries on exclusion of few dignitaries, including UDF leaders, from the dais.

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