DMRC to execute Kochi Metro Rail project
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 17:24
Thiruvananthapuram: Ending all doubts, Kerala's first Metro Rail Project at Kochi is all set to become a reality with the state government deciding to entrust Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) with the task of executing the project under the leadership of former DMRC Chief E Sreedharan.

Talking to reporters after a meeting with Sreedharan here today, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy categorically said Sreedharan would lead the project under DMRC.

"When Sreedharan is here, naturally DMRC also will be with the project", Chandy said ending controversy over government move to call for global tenders for the Rs 5200 crore Kochi Metro Rail project.

'All confusion over the project has been cleared',Sreedharan said, adding, DMRC would complete the project in three years time once the project was sanctioned.

Already the DMRC is implementing some of the infrastructure work connected with the project envisaged to have rail transport system on elevated platform between Aluwye and Poonithura over a distance of about 30 km.

Sreedharan,member of the state planning board, said he would be the principal advisor of the project. However, he was ready to accept the post of Chairman of the joint company that would execute the project if state government recommends him as Centre's nominee.

Sreedharan also assured the state government that there would not be any problem to get loan from Japanese international Cooperation Agency without going for global tenders.


First Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 17:24

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