The 18th meeting of Board of Directors of KMRL was held on 16th Sep 2014 at MoUD, New Delhi chaired by Shri. Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development. The Board has approved the DPR for the extension of the Metro System from JLN stadium to the Infopark via Kakkanad for a distance of 11.17 km at an estimated cost of Rs. 1600 crore. Early completion of this extension would help improve the viability of Phase-I. The board meeting has approved the report on Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy and the R & R package for Kochi Metro project. The R& R study was undertaken by the M/S. Aarvee Consultants & Abnaki Infrastructure. The policy has been prepared generally in accordance with the requirements of Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act and the social safeguard guidelines of the funding agencies. Though KMRL is not legally obliged to provide R &R benefits arising from LARRA to Project Affected Persons (PAP) for LA procedures started before 1st Jan 2014, for ensuring an equitable & best-in-class package KMRL is extending the LARRA benefits to all the PAPs. The total cost implication for the R & R package is Rs. 25 crore for 332 affected families.
The board also approved the report on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environment Management and Monitoring Plan for Kochi Metro Project. Even though the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) does not require Metro Corporation to conduct EIA due to its positive impacts, KMRL had decided to conduct EIA and the study was undertaken by M/S Senes Consultants Pvt Ltd. The cost of implementation of the proposed Environment Management and Monitoring Plan would be Rs. 2.17 crore, consisting of Rs. 0.50 crore as recurring cost and Rs. 1.67 crore as one-time cost towards open space development and greening.
The Board also has approved for the proposal of KMRL to undertake the work of improvement and strengthening the city roads for a total amount of around Rs.31.10 crore. Out of this, works to the tune of around Rs.11.10 crore would be undertaken by KMRL out of its own fund and for balance amount reimbursement would be sought from the Government of Kerala in line with the decision taken in the CM’s meeting on 28.08.2014. The Director Board also took note of the induction of three new members in the board – Shri. V. K. Jain, Additional Member(works), Railways, Shri. K. M. Abraham, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), Government of Kerala and Shri. Narasim Prasad, Director Systems, Chennai Metro Rail Limited.