Kochi & Bangalore metro inauguration

Kochi and Bangalore metro projects epitomize the French willingness to support the implementation of the strategic programs launched by the Government of India for the development of the country.

Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates the Kochi metro
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates the Kochi metro
PM Narendra Modi takes the first ride on Kochi metro
PM Narendra Modi takes the first ride on Kochi metro
Kochi metro coach
Kochi metro coach
Hon'ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates the Bangalore metro phase I
Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates the Bangalore metro phase I

Kochi - Bangalore, 17 June 2017

France, which provided strong support to the Kochi metro project, was represented by HE Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, at the metro inauguration by Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi on 17th of June 2017.

The French Development Agency (AFD) has granted a EUR 360 million (INR 2520 cr) loan to Kochi Metro, its single biggest-investment in India to fund the metro and various urban mobility improvement works. AFD has also provided a technical assistance program to improve inter modality of transport modes and the setting up of a Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority.

On the same day, Bangalore metro phase I, also funded by AFD through a EUR 310 million loan (INR 2170 cr), was inaugurated by Hon’ble President of India Pranab Mukherjee. The metro network will ease traffic congestion, reduce pollution and promote low-carbon mobility.

French companies have played a key role in both projects. Presently, 15 French firms are operational in the transport sector in India and rapidly expanding their market presence for rolling stocks, tracks, traction system, signalling and telecom. Transportation and urban development are key sectors of the strategic partnership between India and France.

Kochi and Bangalore metro projects epitomize the French willingness to support the implementation of the strategic programs launched by the Government of India for the development of the country.

Last modified on 19/06/2017

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