DMRC gets interim consultancy

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has intervened to grant Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) the interim consultancy of the Rs.6,728-crore Light Metro proposed for the cities of Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.

Mr. Chandy’s intervention came when the minutes of the board meeting of Kerala Rapid Transit Limited (KRTL), the SPV set up to execute the MRTS project, of October 14 came up before him for approval on Thursday.

The Chief Minister, who is also the KRTCL chairman, ‘corrected’ the minutes to give approval to the DMRC’s request for interim consultancy put forward by Principal Adviser E. Sreedharan, KRTL sources told The Hindu . In the minutes, it was stated that the Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), K. M. Abraham, Secretary, Public Works, A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish and the Managing Director, KRTL, P.I. Sheikh Pareeth would look into the demand. The step has been taken to avoid complaints that the project is being delayed by the bureaucracy.

The DMRC’s threat of closing down its offices in the capital and Kozhikode in view of the delay in the kick-off of the project is also another reason for the Chief Minister’s swift action.

The DMRC has already scaled down the number of personnel. The government order in this regard needs to be issued, sources said. Rolling stock design finalisation and invitation of bids, preparation of details of land acquisition, estimates and drawings and plan of the flyovers, proposals for utility shifting and road diversion management figure in the interim consultancy.

The State has already approached the Union Urban Development Ministry for in-principle approval for the Light Metro, participation of the Centre and 20 per cent equity contribution.

The DPR prepared by the DMRC and the Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP), a prerequisite for getting financial assistance, prepared by NATPAC had also been submitted. The DMRC wanted to get clearances and to commence the work at the earliest to avoid cost escalation, but the KRTL was not expediting the project, official sources said.

Mr. Sreedharan’s request to the Chief Minister to post a full-time Managing Director to KRTL by open advertisement and other demands is yet to be implemented.

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