The Centre has assured the Kochi Corporation that the Kochi metro rail project would be cleared shortly, said Mayor Tony Chammany.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of the monthly discussion forum launched by Stallions International and Ernakulam Public Library.

C. Ramachandra Menon, president of the library, presided. Jebin Jose, president, Stallions International cochin chapter, Ashok Cherian, secretary of the library, T.P. Ramesh, N. Gopakumar, Rangadasa Prabhu, Dr. S.D. Singh, Dr. Joy Adimuri, Sabu K Varghese, P.K.S. Iyer, E.B. Venugopal, Sajan, Vijayan Menon and M.T. Varghese also spoke.