Initial hiccups not withstanding, Kochi Metro would be commissioned as scheduled by June 2016, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said
Talking to reporters after visiting the Metro’s work sites in the city and a casting yard at HMT, Kalamassery, he said the focus was on time-bound completion of the project. Back in June at the launch of the Metro’s works, Mr. Chandy had given an assurance that Metro trains would ply on the 25-km-long Aluva-Pettah corridor within three years. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has set December 2015 as the deadline to conduct trial run of trains on the Aluva-Palarivattom stretch.
All pending issues (such as the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) delay in relocating pipelines from the Metro’s SA Road alignment and the Public Works Department (PWD) delay in widening Vytilla-Pettah Road) will be sorted out at the upcoming review meeting here on Thursday, Mr. Chandy said. “The government is fully satisfied with Metro works that are under way.”
He said the government had an open mind on Metro extensions proposed to Tripunithura, Kakkanad, international airport and west Kochi. “The present priority was to commission the Metro’s phase one (which, according to metro stakeholders, would include the Tripunithura extension),” he said.
Asked whether the retendering of the Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode monorail projects would in any way delay their commissioning, Mr. Chandy said everything would be done to meet the deadline. In the wake of only one firm responding to a global tender, it was decided a few days ago to float once again tenders for the two projects to select the exclusive developer-contractor. More info