Metro work getting delayed owing to serious lapses: MP - The New Indian Express

Metro work getting delayed owing to serious lapses: MP

Published: 13th October 2013 08:30 AM

Last Updated: 13th October 2013 08:30 AM

Alleging that there were serious lapses on the part of the state government and the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) in implementing necessary preparatory works ahead of the construction of Kochi metro rail, P Rajeeve MP has said that the authorities concerned should soon take steps to resolve the issues that are affecting the progress of the project.

“The lackadaisical attitude of the state government and KMRL authorities towards carrying out major infrastructure projects like the reconstruction of South Rail Overbridge (RoB), widening of roads and construction of a flyover at Vyttila junction will adversely affect the progress of Kochi metro rail,” Rajeeve said.

He said although the DMRC had send official letters in connection with the reconstruction of South RoB in August last year, neither the government nor the KMRL had responded to those letters.

“The KMRL Managing Director later said Rs 100 crore was needed for the reconstruction of the RoB and the KMRL is not in a financial position to undertake that work. In the rail budget of 2012-13, there was fund allocation of `18.45 crore for the reconstruction of South RoB. The state government was not even ready to take steps to make these funds available for the project,” Rajeeve alleged. The MP said the state can even seek the support of Indian Oil Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum for reconstructing the RoB as pipelines of both the agencies pass through it. 

“Another major preparatory work that remains as a non-starter is the widening of Thammanam-Pullepady Road. The decision to widen the road was taken during a meeting convened by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in October 2011. At that meeting, the Chief Minister also announced that `25 crore will be allotted immediately for the widening work. But, the project has come to a standstill,” he said.

Another project pointed out by Rajeeve for better traffic management in the city is the construction of a flyover at Vyttila.

“The government and Corporation authorities are not even ready to approach the Centre for including flyover projects mooted at Edapally and Vyttila in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM),” he said.

If included in the JNNURM, 50 per cent of the project cost will be borne by the Centre. He also alleged that even the  Kochi Metro Rail Limited authorities did not have a clear idea on the extension of Kochi metro rail to Tripunithura in the first phase itself.

“It was during the launch of the construction works of Kochi metro rail that the Chief Minister and Transport Minister announced that the metro rail will be extended to Tripunithura in the first phase itself. However, we have learnt that no discussions were held between the KMRL and government authorities in this regard,” he added.

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