Kochi Metro given the final approval to start service.
The trial run between Muttam and Palarivattom is a success.
Construction on the first station of Kochi Metro begins at Pulinchode in Aluva (Though piling was held at various locations for metro stations, this was for the first time that iron girders were placed above vertical beams for the station)
The Kochi Metro’s first trial run is flagged off by then chief minister Oommen Chandy.
Railway subsidiary Ircon International given the contract to manufacture the track for the Kochi Metro
The KMRL signs an agreement with Canara Bank for a loan of Rs 1,170 crore.
The first girder installed between Aluva and Pulinchode.
As much as Rs 462.17 crore earmarked for the Kochi Metro in the Union budget.
A meeting chaired by the chief minister agrees to retender the procurement of the coaches.
The KMRL board of directors approves a plan to extend the Metro rail to Tripunithura in the first stage itself.
The Kerala cabinet decides to raise the budget allocation for the preparation of the Kochi Metro project from Rs 156.68 crore to Rs 242.47 crore.
An agreement reached with the railways to grant land for the project on the premises of the Ernakulam Junction (South) railway station. The railway quarters would be demolished and the land handed over to the KMRL.
The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) board of directors approves a budget of Rs 5537.25 crore for the project.
The piling work for the foundation starts officially near the Changampuzha Park.
Prime minister Manmohan Singh lays the foundation stone for the metro project at a function held in Kochi.
Elias George takes charge as the managing director of KMRL.
The project is christened KOMET by KMRL.
E. Sreedharan is given the full charge of the project. Chief minister Oommen Chandy announces that DMRC will be handed over the contract without inviting global tenders.
The work on the first phase of Kochi Metro project kicks off. DMRC appoints chief engineer P. Sriram as the project director.
The project gets approval from the state cabinet. The government appoints Southern Railway former additional general manager R. Gopinathan Nair as the special officer.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submits a detailed project report for the first phase of the proposed Metro rail line between Aluva and Pettah to the state government.