Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that the work on the monorail project in the city will start before the end of the year.

He was speaking after inaugurating the golden jubilee programmes of the City Corporation here on Saturday.

“The monorail project has to be seen in the background of the massive traffic problem that the city currently faces. Steps to speed up the implementation of the project have been taken by the State government. The construction activities are set to start this year,” Mr. Chandy said.

Another major problem faced by the city, he said, was the scarcity of drinking water.

“The State government is not equipped to bear the entire financial burden of drinking water projects. We have requested the Union government to implement the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) projects. It is expected to happen during the 12th Plan period. Drinking water will be one of the thrust areas of the second phase,” he said.

Mr. Chandy promised all help from the State government for projects taken up by local self-governments.

Earlier, Mayor A.K. Premajam, who presided over the function, said the year-long golden jubilee programmes would concentrate more on developmental activities rather than just cultural programmes.