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Updated: February 18, 2013 00:52 IST

Kochi Metro work to begin soon: Sreedharan

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Principal Advisor of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation E. Sreedharan
The Hindu Photo Library Principal Advisor of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation E. Sreedharan

Tenders almost finalised: Sreedharan

E. Sreedharan, Principal Adviser to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), has said that the work on Kochi Metro will start soon as the tenders have almost been finalised.

He was speaking to The Hindu after inaugurating the Swami Sunildas Institute of Medical Science of the Sneham Charitable Trust at Muthalamada, near here, on Sunday.

He said the work would be completed within three years. The project, a long-cherished dream of the people, was planned in keeping with the cultural heritage and commercial significance of the city.

Safe mode of transport

The metro would be a safe, eco-friendly and economical mode of transport.

Asked about the possibility of extending the Aluva-Petta metro to Angamaly or Chalakudy, Mr. Sreedharan said a feasibility study for future expansion was being conducted.

He said the work on the monorail projects in Thiruvanathapuram and Kozhikode could be started this year as it got clearance from the Union government. Now the tenders had to be floated.

Monorail project

The 28-km monorail in Thiruvananthapuram, an elevated rail-based mass transport system, was being taken up by the Kerala Metro Rail Corporation.

It could be extended to Neyyattinkara in the south and places north.

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Now the Kochi Metro is in the hands of a very very competent Engineer.
He will make the Kochi Metro a reality. Soon Kochi Metro will join the
Metros of the world. He will go for a most modern Metro. I remember
the interview conducted in 1985 in Southern Railway for the post of
Asst. Engineers for the Departmental Promottees, when he was a
technical member and his technical questions. I got selected and
retired as a Class A officers of Indian Railways. I am grateful to him
for ever.
A wonderful personality and highly knowledgeable Engineer of modern
times. He will make it a beautiful Metro in Kerala which deserves such
projects.

from:  S.Kalyanasundaram
Posted on: Feb 18, 2013 at 05:04 IST
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