Kochi | Cheering up the office goers and students in the business city, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will flag off the first ever Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) in the country from the Ernakulam Junction on June 21.
The fully air conditioned eight coach DEMU, the first of its kind in the country, would run between Aluva and Tripunitura, giving a great relief to the railway commuters, officials said.
According to office, the fares would be on par with air condition low floor buses, operated by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation and would equip with bio-toilet facilities.
In the first phase, the service would be operated between Aluva and Thripunithura, both stations in the district, and in later it would extend up to Ankamali and Pirvam during peak evening hours.
Later after harbor terminal renovation it would extend to Cochin Harbour terminal station, for which it would take more than four months.
The Demu would start from Ernakulam South at 0600 hours in the morning and wind up its a day operation at 2030 hours Ernakulam South station.