A brainchild is held close to one’s heart always; whether we are there to see it grow into a successful adult or not. But the happiness increases manifold and it gives one immense pleasure when they see the baby as a fully grown person carrying itself out in the world. Tomy Cyriac is in such a euphoric state now; even though he was not acknowledged widely as the one who came up with the idea of Super Elevated Tram System, which was later known to the public by the name Metro.
It was in the Malayala Manorama conclave, “Kochi AD 2000 Development Seminar” in 1996, that Cyriac presented a proposal about ‘Aakasha Rail”. Malayala Manorama was continuously conducting conclaves in connection with the millennium and 1996 was earmarked as the year for transport and water supply. Manorama published Cyriac’s proposal in detail on 12th February 1996 for detailed discussion among the public. An artist’s representation of the Super Elevated Tram System over Thevara – Perandur Canal was also prepared for the public to understand.
While boat service was proposed as the best alternate mode of transport for Kochi, Dr. K. M. Abraham (current Additional Chief Secretary – Finance) who was the then District Collector suggested Ernakulam – Alwaye bus route for the Super Elevated Trams System. He took a keen interest in the innovative suggestion and an amount of Rs 1.25 lakhs was allocated to National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC), where Cyriac was then working, to conduct feasibility studies on various alternate modes of transport; boat system as well as Super Elevated Tram System in Kochi. Almost all the suggestions which came forward in the conclave stands fulfilled, except the inside ring road project in Kochi.