The Kochi Metro is set to begin functioning from June 19 and will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
But before the public can make use of the metro which is likely to change the public transport system, the Kochi Metro Rail Limited honoured the migrant workers with 'sadya' (meaning 'banquet' in Malayam is a special feast served on banana leaves) and tweets doing the rounds showed them dancing to music and writing their names on a wall in different languages.
While 4000-odd workers have worked on the metro project, Matrubhumi English had reported that 800 workers in the Aluva route were honoured in an event Monday.
Reports suggest the workers who toiled on the metro project for the past four years came from states like Bihar, Bengal or even Assam.
The Hindu reported that at the event two singers sang Bollywood songs andthe workers themselves took out their cell phones to record memories from the event while dancing to the songs.
The report said that they earned somewhere between ₹400- ₹500 daily for 12 hour shifts.
While the older workers plan to go back,19-year-old Mitlesh Kumar from Bihar told The Hindu, "I feel that working in Kochi is worth it since it is greener and beautiful than other Indian cities. I sometimes take a ferry ride in the backwaters with friends."
The construction for the metro project began in 2013, while former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had laid the foundation stone for it in 2012.
The 13-km Aluva-Palarivattom corridor was supposed to inaugurated on June 17, but will now be inaugurated on June 19.
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