Without any delay, the Kochi Metro Rail Project will be completed on estimated time. Expressing satisfaction over the progress of Kochi Metro Rail project, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on October 20th, 2014 that it would be completed as per schedule. The much ambitious Rs. 5,180 crore Kochi Metro project will be completed within the estimated time. It is expected that the project will provide a lot of respite to the people of state’s commercial capital. CM visited the construction sites, before taking part in the director board meeting of Kochi Metro Rail Limited. The review meeting decided to expedite the pending land acquisition and resolve certain key issues, for ensuring timely completion of the Kochi Metro Rail. He also visited the alignment and unveiled the miniature of station design for the metro project. Meanwhile, Power Minister Aryadan Mohammed who is also in charge of the Railways said that considering the hurdles faced by the project due to the delay in acquiring land, it has been decided to speed up the land acquisition procedures. Aryadan said that the public’s opposition can be reduced by providing proper compensation package. At present, the district level purchase committee led by the District Collector decides the price of the land after negotiations. This is then approved by another committee chaired by chief secretary. Once the rules related to the new Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act is finalised the prices will be re-examined. “During the re-examination, if the committee finds that the compensation package provided is less, the displaced person will be paid the amount which is due,” he added. Power and Railways Minister, Aryadan Mohammed, Revenue Minister, Adoor Prakash, Fisheries and Ports Minister, K Babu, P Rajeev, MP,local MLAs, Tony Chammany, Kochi Mayor, E Sreedharan, Principal Adviser, DMRC, Elias George IAS10688360_833045013383681_7183785883591334366_o Managing Director, KMRL, were among those who attended the meeting. “The work is progressing well and would be completed in a time bound manner,” said CM Oommen Chandy. The mega project will run 25 km from Alwaye to Petta. According to Chandy, the first train would run Dec 31, 2015. In respect of the new Land Acquisition Rules, it was noted that the draft Rules had now been broadly finalised and that they were expected to be issued shortly after the Public Notice of one month period. On the pending Land Acquisition issues, it was decided that one more opportunity would be given to settle the matter with the land-owners, failing which, the District Administration would resort to statutory measures for taking over the land, a Kochi Metro release said. As the metro work is progressing each review meetings and visits assure and hope that the dream project will be accomplished on time.

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