KOCHI: Kerala themes will adorn the train as Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets a taste of Kochi Metro on Saturday.
The three coaches of the Kochi Metro depict sea life, the life of Kochi and the state’s greenery. The arty themes include the village life of Kerala, old Kochi with the ‘Pappanji’ legend, monuments and festivals.
‘Pappanji’ is the effigy of a suited and booted old white man symbolising the passing of the old year and is rooted in the Portuguese, Dutch and other European influences on Kochi. Burning of the ‘Pappanji’ on every New Year’s eve symbolises Kochi’s secular and festive spirit.
The creators of the design, Mumbai-based Studio Eeksaurus is owned and mentored by acclaimed animator Suresh Eriyat.
SISF personnel to be deployed at Metro stations
Kochi: The State Industrial Security Force (SISF) under the Kerala Police will deploy 138 officers for providing security cover to the Kochi Metro once the services commence on Monday. As many as 22 havildars, 86 civil police officers and 30 women police officers will be deployed by the SISF at the 11 stations. They are trained in baggage scanning, bomb detection, firefighting, crowd management and man management.