Chief Minister Oommen Chandy held a detailed review meeting at KMRL’s office on Thursday (31/10/2013), to review the progress of the Kochi Metro Rail project, and to finalise plans for augmenting key city transport infrastructure in the context of the Kochi Metro Rail project.
The Minister of Food, Shri. K.V. Thomas, Minister for Power and Transport, Shri. Aryadan Muhammed, Ministers Shri. K. Babu, Shri. Ebrahim Kunju, and Shri. Anoop Jacob attended the meeting along with Kochi Mayor Shri. Tony Chammani, Shri. K.P. Dhanapalan MP, Shri. Benny Behanan MLA, Shri. Hybi Eden MLA and Shri. Anwar Sadath MLA. The GCDA Chairman and the Chairmen of Aluva and Kalamassery Municipalities, Secretaries to Government and other key officials also attended the meeting.
The Principal Advisor, DMRC, Dr. E. Sreedharan was also present along with the Shri. Elias George, MD, KMRL and other officials. Apart from assessing the progress of the project, certain key issues were addressed including the following:
1. Widening of the Vyttila-Petta Road
It was decided that apart from the current provision of Rs.20 crore for land acquisition for the Vyttila-Petta road, Rs.70 crore required for land acquisition would be made available from the available provisions in the present State Budget (FY 2012-13), for ensuring that the land is acquired without any delay. The balance amount of Rs.30 crore for land acquisition would be made available in April 2014 as first priority. The land acquisition process will be completed by March 2014. It was also decided that the current provision in the PWD budget for executing the actual road work at a total cost of Rs.30 crore would be suitably enhanced over the current and ensuing financial years, for ensuring that the work can be completed in the fastest possible time.
2. Widening of Thammanam- Pullepady Road
It was decided that the road would be widened for 18 mtrs., instead of earlier proposal of 22 mtrs. The Mayor has agreed to put up the proposal to the Council for the handing over of this Corporation road to PWD. After transferring of the road to PWD, an amount of Rs.25 crore would be provided by the Government for carrying out the works. The work would be undertaken by the PWD and that the land required for widening the road would be taken over, utilizing the funds provided by Kochi Corporation to the District Collector, as well as the provisions for land acquisition available in the State Budget.
3. Shifting of pipeline at SA road by Kerala Water Authority
It was decided that this work would be immediately undertaken by KWA, and the additional amount required for the shifting would be made available by KWA. KWA has tendered the work to the contractor and the present stretch will be completed within 60 days and handed over to KMRL by 1st January 2014. The next half stretch would be completed in another 30 days time. It would take a total of 90 days for completion of the entire work.
4. Reconstruction of South Railway Over bridge
It was also decided that this work would be taken up after providing adequate budgetary provisions for both the land-acquisition component as well as the actual works component in the next State budget. The Chairman, GCDA mentioned that a proposal for widening of Eastern Entry ROB has been submitted, which will be approved shortly, and this would reduce the traffic flow of South ROB. It was decided that land acquisition for the Eastern approach of South ROB will be completed along with the Metro land acquisition work.
5. Availing of land from various agencies for the Metro Rail construction
It was decided that the balance land required for the Metro project, particularly from Government Departments and agencies like the Kochi Corporation, GCDA & the Aluva and Kalamassery Municipalities, would be made available at the earliest.
6. Sand from Bharathapuzha and Periyar rivers for Kochi Metro works
It was decided that the proposal has to be placed in the next State Cabinet.
7. Reconstruction of culvert at Kaloor near PVS Hospital
These works would be taken up by the PWD, using the departmental budgetary provisions. The proposal has to be placed in the State Cabinet.
8. Augmenting water transportation in Kochi city under JNNURM
The city-water buses between Vyttila and Kakkanad would commence service in the month of November 2013. The proposal for funding Kochi’s proposed new city-water buses under JNNURM, would be submitted to the Ministry of Urban Development in November 2013 so that funds are made available early.