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John L. Paul
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Metro work will begin within a week of KMRL board ratifying decision

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has confirmed that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will implement the Kochi Metro Rail Project.

The work on the project can begin within a week of the newly constituted director board of the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) ratifying the government’s decision, Mr. Chandy told The Hindu over telephone.

(The project’s preliminary works — the construction and the widening of overbridges — began about a year ago). “We want to go ahead with the project at a fast pace,” he said.

Of late there had been uncertainty over the implementing agency of the project.

DMRC and its principal advisor E. Sreedharan had expressed concern over the delay in handing over the project to it.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Sreedharan had called on Mr. Chandy in Thiruvananthapuram and spoke about the need to speed up the works for the Rs.5,181-crore project that would link Aluva with Pettah (near Tripunithura) through M.G. Road, covering 25 km. The deadline for the project is 2016.

DMRC awaiting GO

DMRC sources said it was awaiting a government order (GO) handing over the construction works to the agency and the signing of an MoU by the DMRC with KMRL.

Mr. Sreedharan had recently spoken of how each day’s delay in kick-starting the construction work increased the project cost by Rs.40 lakh. The cost rose from Rs.2,239 crore in 2005, when the project was envisaged, to Rs.5,181 crore in 2012, mainly because of the Union government’s delay in according sanction.


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  • Each day’s delay raises cost by Rs.40 lakh


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