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Kochi Metro Rail Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kudumbasree for the management of it’s station premises including ticketing, customer relations, house keeping, parking management and running the canteens of KMRL, in the presence of Chief Minister of Kerala honourable Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan and minister for Local Self Government Dr. K. T. Jaleel during CM’s visit to KMRL office for reviewing the project. KMRL Director (Systeorganizationsveen Goyal and Kudumbashree Executive Director Shri. Harikishore signed the MoU representing these organisations.

The review was held at KMRL office at 12 noon and was attended by KMRL, DMRC and Revenue officials. This meeting was followed the meeting with the members of Legislative Assembly and the mayor of Kochi regarding metro and water metro related issues

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The meeting reviewed of the progress and concerns of the first phase of Kochi Metro from Aluva to Petta. Chief Minister directed KMRL & DMRC to explore the possibilities of opening the first phase of the metro system up till Maharajas.

KMRL updated CM Regarding the Phase – II Extension of Metro from JLN stadium to Kakkanad as the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) had issued fresh guidelines and advised to further revise and resubmit the cost along with the revised relevant chapters of the DPR, duly approved by the GoK. Based on the escalation during the construction period and updation of the price level as on September 2016. Accordingly the cost has been revised to Rs.2577.25 crore (including taxes and duties), with the relevant changes in the DPR.

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An update was given on the integrated Water Transport system for Kochi which was proposed with the vision to connect the mainland with the islands to revive the traditional mode of public transportation. The project consists of procurement of 78 modern boats and construction of 38 jetties. The project also consists of construction of 100 km of island roads and connectivity to other modes of transport. It was appraised that the general consultant will be on board by February and it is expected that actual works on ground will commence by June 2017.

DMRC Principal Advisor Dr. E. Sreedharan, Principal Secretary to CM Smt. Nalini Netto, KMRL MD Shri. Elias George, district collector K. Mohammed Y. Safirulla and other senior officials attended the meeting.

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