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)

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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.

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