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.