The Chief Minister took a meeting for expediting the completion of the Kochi Metro Rail project at 3.00 pm on 20th August`14 at the Conference Hall, Secretariat, Trivandrum, in the presence of the Minister for Power & Railways, Shri. Aryadan Muhammed, Minister for PWD, Shri. Ebrahim Kunju, Minister for Excise & Ports, Shri. K. Babu, Minister for Urban Affairs, Shri. Manjalamkuzhi Ali, GCDA Chairman, Shri. N.Venugopal, Principal Advisor (DMRC), Dr. E. Sreedharan, KMRL MD Shri. Elias George, Senior Secretaries to the Government and officials of KMRL & DMRC. It was decided at the meeting that Rs.11 crore would be provided immediately by the Government to Kochi Metro Rail Limited for immediate traffic improvement works. The Board of KMRL would also be requested to undertake a few selected road improvement works for improving the traffic situation.
After discussions, the following decisions also were taken:
1. Orders are being issued today regarding taking over of the Apollo Tyres land of 0.61 hectares for the project.
2. Final orders will be issued by the Government in a week regarding the land requirements at the St. Albert’s College ground premises at JLN Stadium, as well as regarding the GCDA’s request for compensatory land near Marine Drive.
3. The Aluva Municipality and Kochi Corporation will be requested to hand over advance possession of the land required for the Metro construction. Compensation payments to the tenants and their rehabilitation issues would be finalized by KMRL in consultation with the District Administration.
4. It was also decided to finalise the LA Rules early, arising from the new LA Act 2013.
5. Another meeting would be taken by the CM on 28th August`14 with the Ministers for Planning, PWD, Power & Railways, Transport, Finance and other concerned officials to settle the issues pertaining to the Vyttila-Petta Road widening and the Phase-I of the Thammanam-Pulleppady Road.
6. To expedite payment of compensation to landowners, it was decided that the land acquisition compensation would be paid directly by KMRL through the District Revenue machinery, in respect of lands which have been acquired by negotiated purchase.
7. Dr. E. Sreedharan, Principal Advisor, DMRC requested the State Government to pursue the Railway Ministry regarding the compensation of Rs.30 crore that is due from the Southern Railways on account of reconstruction of the North ROB.