Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Kochi Metro Rail Project could be completed in 3 years time once the Centre gives its sanction

The proposed Kochi Metro Rail Project could be completed in three years time once the Centre gives its sanction, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Chairman E Sridharan said today.

The preliminary work in connection with the project, including land survey and station drawing, are on, he told reporters here.

When pointed out that no fund had been earmarked for the Kochi metro rail project in the central budget, he said that would not be a problem.

DMRC is the implementing agency for the project, which was proposed to be taken up as a Centre-state joint venture. It has been delayed for the last three years due to various reasons.

The elevated metro rail, expected to ease the traffic congestion in the city, is to be constructed on the model of Delhi Metro. - (Agencies)


Kochi Metro Route

The Kochi Metro is a proposed mass transit system for the South Indian city of Kochi. It was one of the first proposed in India but was delayed for a variety of reasons. It is now planned to be commissioned by 2011. The alignment was created by the DMRC and is planned to be made on a Public-Private Partnership basis. The nodal agency for the project is KINFRA. Kochi Metro Rail Corporation has been created specially for this project.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has proposed a route spanning 25.253 from Thripunithura to Alwaye.There will be 26 Stations and are the following:

  1. Aluva
  2. Pulinchodu
  3. Company Pady
  4. Ambattkavu
  5. Muttom
  6. Appolo Typres
  7. Jacobite Church
  8. Kalamaserry
  9. Pathadi Palam
  10. Toll Junction
  11. Edapally Junction
  12. Edapally Station
  13. Palarivattom
  14. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
  15. Kaloor
  16. Lissie
  17. Madhav Pharmacy
  18. Maharaja's College
  19. Ernakulam South
  20. GCDA
  21. Fathima Church
  22. Elamkulam
  23. Vytila
  24. Thaikoodam
  25. Punithura
  26. Petta

Friday, July 3, 2009

‘Kochi Metro Rail top priority of Kerala Govt’

Implementing the Kochi Metro rail project is a top priority of the Government, Fisheries Minister S.Sharma informed the Assembly on Thursday.

“The Planning Commission has approved the project and the Government will try to begin the work at the earliest,’’ he said. Sharma was substituting Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, who was not present in the House, to reply to a calling attention motion moved by K Babu.

Babu demanded effective intervention of the State Government to ensure basic infrastructure facilities in Kochi. “Roads and drinking water supply will be the major issues as Kochi grows. The demand in Kochi is 600 MLD of water. Of this, only 220 MLD is supplied in the city at present,’’ Babu said. Sharma said that drinking water projects worth Rs 201.17 crore would be implemented in Kochi under the JNNURM project.

“A sewage treatment project worth Rs 74.8 crore will also be implemented under the JNNURM. There are plans to construct flyovers on the Edappally- Palarivattom and Vyttila-Kundannoor routes,’’ he said.

Railway overbridge projects worth Rs 67.28 crore received the approval of the JNNURM. 200 hi-tech buses will be pressed into service this year, the Minister said.


Monday, June 29, 2009

Kochi Metrorail project in 100-day scheme

Kochi Metro Rail Project Route Mapimage © The Hindu
A bouquet of achievements awaits Kerala with the long awaited Kochi Metro Rail Project close to being realised and Kozhikode set to be included in the expanded Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project.

The Planning Commission, after long and hefty persuasion by the Ministry of Urban Development, has given the green signal to the Metro Rail Project on the lines proposed by the State - a joint venture of the State Government and the Centre.

Kozhikode will figure in the expanded JNNURM project wherein the Ministry has decided to include 28 cities with five lakh population.

The Metro Rail Project, which could change the face of Kochi, has been put on the fast track with its inclusion in the 100-day programme of the Ministry of Urban Development. This was announced by Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy while divulging his Ministry’s action plan in the coming 100 days.

The Kochi metro rail project is an undertaking of the state government of Kerala. The metro rail project at Kochi is meant to facilitate transportation in the industrial city of Kochi. Currently, the means of transport in the city of Kochi are limited to auto rickshaws, buses, taxis and ferries. With the execution of the metro rail project in Kochi, traveling from one place to another in the city will not pose any more problems.

The government of Kerala has sought the active participation of the private sector companies to carry out this massive project of transportation with success. The metro rail project of Kochi is planned on BOT basis.

A couple of people who hold important posts in the government of Kerala have been selected to look after the overall work related to the project. Sheela Thomas, the secretary of the Kerala government, has been designated the special officer in relation of this project.

The project is planned to set up a metro rail connection as long as 25.253 kms. The proposed starting point of this metro rail connection is the place called Alwaye and the proposed ending point is the place called Pettah.

The Kochi metro rail project has a lot of significance, because of the economic significance of Kochi. The city of Kochi earns a lot of revenues for the entire state of Kerala, through its variety of industries. Therefore, to cater to the industrial needs of the city, the infrastructure of transport communication has become one of the most important concerns of the government. The metro rail project of Kochi is a part of the initiative of the Kerala government to better the infrastructure of the city.


The traffic woes of Kochiites will finally be solved as the Kochi Metro Rail Project is getting ready to take off with the Planning Commission giving nod to the project.

The implementation of the project is expected to ease the road traffic in the city limits and reduce the burden on the traffic police in maintaining free flow of traffic during peak hours. Traffic Assistant Commissioner K B Venugopal said that the traffic on the roads would fall gradually once the Metro Rail Project, from Tripunithura to Aluva, was completed.

"More people will be using the Metro Rail and it will ease the pressure on other public transport systems. Even people with their own vehicles would use Metro Rail, thereby reducing the number of vehicles on roads," he said.

Venugopal said that the project would reduce the number of vehicles entering the city as more people from outer regions of the city would use the Metro Rail. " We expect the traffic to reduce drastically after the project is completed," he said and added that the Department had foreseen certain traffic problems during the implementation of the project. Via

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