Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) managing director A P M Mohammed Hanish mentioned, “The Centre was never proactive about supporting Kochi Metro beyond Pettah. They have always maintained that support would be limited to Aluva – Pettah stretch.” However, within the 31st KMRL board assembly held in New Delhi on Friday, city affairs secretary Durga Shanker Mishra, who can also be the chairman of KMRL, mentioned, “We are successful in obtaining Centre’s support for extending Kochi Metro network to Tripunithura as an extension of phase one.”
Hanish mentioned although a proper determination has not but been introduced, the Centre is keen for 15 % fairness participation. KMRL has been requested to submit paperwork required for it. “It ends all confusion regarding execution of works between Pettah and Tripunithura railway station,” he mentioned, including that the Metro company’s plan is to develop a hub consisting of Tripunithura bus station and railway station.
There is a necessity to get hold of funds to the tune Rs 1,330 crore for the extension of Metro to Tripunithura area. A inexperienced sign has been given to supply this fund from nationwide or worldwide businesses. “We would try to find an agency, which offers the lowest interest rate. We have roped in a German funding agency KfW, French agency AFD and Japanese agency JICA,” he mentioned. Mishra has additionally mentioned the challenge report and proposal for the part two of Kochi Metro from JLN Stadium to Kakkanad Infopark, which was submitted in July for approvals, has been assessed by numerous departments of the Centre, and the ministry of housing and concrete affairs has assured to give the sanction with out a lot delay.
French funding company AFD has promised Rs 1,500 crore for the Phase two extension of Kochi Metro to Inforpark together with help of Centre and state.
In the wake of the latest floods, there’s a demand to hyperlink Aluva -Cial(Cochin International Airport Ltd)- Angamaly. An company has been entrusted to put together a DPR of Aluva-Cial-Angamaly stretch. It is nearly one month for the reason that company has been given this activity.
Another vital problem thought-about within the board assembly was improvement of a township at Kakkanad. The challenge, which is deliberate at 17.46 acre has remained on paper. “District collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla handed over the land to KMRL on Friday. Metro Business District or Metro City will come up on this land. It would have residential and commercial spaces as well as all other allied facilities. A township, which meets international standards, is being planned,” mentioned Hanish.
Regarding the progress of Kochi Metro works from Maharaja’s College floor to Thykoodam, there have been some points throughout the floods and post-flood situation. Some of the contractors who had been entrusted with the work, failed to execute it successfully. “DMRC has removed them and brought in new contractors. The Metro authority is successful in addressing the issue of labour shortage at its construction sites to a great extent,” mentioned Hanish, including that the development of the 95m-long stability cantilever bridge could be accomplished inside a number of days. The works alongside 7 to eight m distance stays to be accomplished.