Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Kochi Metro likely to be ready by 2011

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the consultants for the Rs 3,048-crore elevated light rail Kochi Metro, has turned down request for change in Kochi Metro alignments. Civil work on the project, scheduled this month, was in jeopardy following local traders pleading change in the route.

“Since DMRC has refused to oblige the traders’ demands, work will go on as per the original schedule and route,” M Vijayakumar, state minister in charge of metro-rail, said. It is feared that further changes may make the project unattractive to investors.

Only as much as 15% of the stakes in the Kochi Metro Rail PPP is claimed by the state government. Rest is open to private promoters. The project is also counting on support from the Planning Commission.

The elevated light rail Kochi Metro is scheduled to be ready for public use within three years from starting of the work. Since only 26 hectares of land is needed, (as the transport is on elevated rail structures), less than 16 acres needs to be acquired. So work on the metro rail is under way. As per the present indications, the rail is expected to be functional by end of 2011.

Traders in Kochi, anxious that long-drawn construction activities, may stall free movement in the city, had mooted change in alignment put forward by DMRC. They also argued that the DPR (detail project report) was yet to be made public. The present alignment of the metro rail running 25.3 km from Edapally to Tripunithura was originally suggested by a study by RITES.

Following the mele over alignment, senior DMRC officials had visited the site in February to make inspections. The recommendation was that no change in the original alignment is called for, DMRC has informed the state government.

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No change in Kochi Metro Rail alignment

Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs M.Vijayakumar ruled out any change in the alignment of the proposed Kochi Metro Rail project here on Wednesday.

The government will go ahead with the project despite a demand for change of alignment from a section of traders, the Minister told mediapersons.

Mr. Vijayakumar, who is also in charge of the Railways, said the government had asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, implementing agency of the project, to look into the demand of the shop owners on M.G. Road.

However, the Corporation opposed any change in alignment on technical and financial grounds. Hence, the government had no option but to go ahead with the original proposal. The shop owners wanted the project to be aligned through Shanmugham Road instead of M.G. Road since the project would affect the business establishments there. The government would hold talks with the shop owners.

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Rs.3 crore Fund for COCHIN(KOCHI) metro rail project allotted for land acquisition

A day after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) decided not to make any changes in the present alignment of the proposed Kochi metro rail project; the State government has further allotted Rs.3 crore to the district administration for the land acquisition process.

The fund will be utilised for meeting various expenses, including payment of compensation to those who surrender their land for the project, District Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish said here on Tuesday.

The government had earlier allotted Rs.1 crore towards preliminary expenses for the land acquisition process, including that of a joint inspection of the project route by DMRC and district revenue officials.

The DMRC had on Monday effectively closed the door on sections of shop owners who had been demanding a change in alignment.

While dismissing the demand for realigning the project through Shanmugham road instead of MG Road on grounds of technical and financial feasibility, DMRC had made it clear that any flip-flop with the alignment would have a delaying effect on the project.

The Collector said demarcation of land for the project would be hastened. Demarcation process in Thrikkakkara North, Aluva West and Edappally North had already been completed.

The notification authorising land acquisition would be issued in the remaining villages — Thripunithura, Elamkulam, Edappally North and South, Thrikkakkara North and Aluva West — through which the project passes. So far, the notification had only been issued in Ernakulam village.

A monitoring committee to be held on Wednesday will discuss the problems connected with the construction of a railway overbridge between Mulavukad and Vallarpadam as part of the rail connectivity for the Vallarpadam International Container Transhipment Terminal.

There had been complaints that the piling for the construction of the bridge had created cracks in the houses in the vicinity.

The meeting, to be chaired by Mulavukad grama panchayat president Prema Anilkumar, will be held at the Vallarpadam site office at 11 a.m. The Kanayannur tahsildar, police officials, representatives of the Cochin Port Trust and the aggrieved local residents will participate in the meeting.
http://www.thehindu.com/2008/03/19/stories/2008031961780300.htm

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