Monorail projects on course, says Chandy

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DPR for Thiruvananthapuram likely to be submitted next week

All smiles:Chief Minister Oommen Chandy arrives at the venue of the Infrastructure Conference 2012 in Kochi on Thursday.— Photo: Vipin Chandran
All smiles:Chief Minister Oommen Chandy arrives at the venue of the Infrastructure Conference 2012 in Kochi on Thursday.— Photo: Vipin Chandran

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Thursday that the State government had established Kerala Monorail Corporation Limited for the purpose of implementing the monorail projects in Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram.

Inaugurating the Infrastructure Conference 2012, he said a formal approval for the company had been received from the authority concerned. The detailed project report (DPR) of Kozhikode monorail was received and the land acquisition process had begun.

The DPR of the Thiruvananthapuram monorail project was expected to be submitted to the government next week. The Kochi Metro Rail project would be headed by E. Sreedharan and would be completed as per schedule, he said.

Road upgrade

The government had decided to take up road upgrade and rehabilitation project, stretching over 1,200 km.

An amount of Rs.1,500 crore had been allotted to the Public Works Department for taking up road works, about Rs.1,200 crore in excess of the budget allocation, the Chief Minister said.

About 8,000 km of roads which were under the supervision of district panchayats were taken over by the PWD in a bid to improve the infrastructure.

The Chief Minister also gave away awards for distinguished services to four engineers of PWD.

PWD manual

Public Works Minister V.K. Ebrahim Kunju, who presided over the function, said the PWD manual was revised with a view to integrating modern practices in construction and maintenance.

A performance maintenance guarantee was being implemented, under which the contractor would have to undertake repairs if required, within five years of executing the work. About 75 km of road at Sabarimala had been included in the scheme.

The Minister said the toll issue had been posing problems in road development projects. The government had approved a project worth over Rs.4,600 crore for developing roads under the private participatory model, without toll.

Green building

Noting that green buildings were playing an important environment-friendly role, the government had decided to construct the new building of the Advocate General in Kochi using green technology.

A Memorandum of Understanding for technology upgrade at the Kerala Highway Research Institute was signed on the occasion with the Spanish company, Elsamex. Minister for Water Resources P.J. Joseph; Dominic Presentation, S. Sarma, Hibi Eden, MLAs; T.O. Sooraj, Secretary, PWD; K. Sundaran, Chief Engineer, PWD, and others spoke.

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