KMRL board to ink pact with DMRC for execution of project
Clearing the decks for the implementation of the Kochi Metro Rail project, Kochi Metro Rail Limited’s (KMRL) Director Board on Thursday decided to ink a contractual agreement with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The 11th board meeting also approved the agreement for executing the metro project in the 25-km-long Aluva-Pettah corridor.
“The agreement was finalised after over a month-long negotiations (with the DMRC),” said the KMRL’s Managing Director, Elias George. “Our cardinal principle is to build a world class Metro and this is more important than organisational structure. We are happy that the DMRC cooperated with us to frame a win-win agreement to ensure this.”
Delay invites flak
Delay in finalising the agreement had invited flak. The agreement will be signed by Mr. Elias and DMRC’s Managing Director Mangu Singh, sources said.
The pact has details like the functioning of an independent machinery to ensure the quality of works and division of works between the two agencies
The technical parameters to be finalised include the dimensions and composition of the metro coaches.
Only after the technical panel arrives at a decision on the length of coaches, the platforms’ length of the stations can be finalised .
S.D. Sarma, DMRC’S Director (Business Development) and Kochi Project Director P. Sriram presented the DMRC’s plan of action for the project during the meeting.
The project will have to be commissioned by 2016. “Civil works are expected to begin in the Aluva-Kaloor international stadium stretch by May, since land acquisition here is minimal,” said sources.
The details of action plan are expected to be released by this month end.
Though the extent of land to be acquired in the Aluva-M G Road-Vytilla alignment has been tentatively fixed, the State government’s delay in according administrative sanction to widen the Vytilla-Pettah stretch is a cause for concern.