The state level review meeting of urban development was held at the Le Meridien Hotel in Kochi this afternoon from 12.30pm onward. The meeting was attended by Minister for Urban Development, Govt. of India Venkaiah Naidu along with Minister for Local Government Dept., Govt. of Kerala, Dr. K T Jaleel, KMRL chairman and Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development, Rajiv Gauba and Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. MD, Smart City CEO and Additional Chief Secretary (Transport), Elias George took part in the event which also saw the presence of officials from DMRC.
The meeting discussed the progress and future of various projects including Smart City and Kochi Metro. The Kochi Metro project was seen to be moving as per schedule and in a timely manner and Minister for Urban Development, Govt. of India Venkaiah Naidu announced that the Kochi Metro would be ready for commercial operations in early 2017. The meeting discussed the progress of the project so far, with the minister noting that no other Metro project was completed in such a short span of time.