Phase 1 Kochi Metro Rail by Jun 2016, says Sreedharan

Friday, Aug 1, 2014,18:39 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Metroman E Sreedharan today said the first phase construction work on Kochi Metro between  Aluva to MG Road stretch would be completed by June 2016.   The second phase work of extension to Thripunithara and Kakkanad could be taken up as extension to phase one of the project.

He also said the non-availability of sand and stones for the construction works due to the closure Quarries affected the work and this situation informed to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy who believed it will be resolved soon.

Talking to newsmen at a press conference at Kannur Government Engineering College after inaugurating a National Conference on ‘ Systems- Energy and Environment’, Mr Sreedharan, DMRC Principal Adviser, said works on 18 ut of the 24 km would be completed in a time bound manner within three years.    Work on the remaining portion might be delayed due to land acquisition problems.

However, the government had been helping in all ways and the delay in work had not led to cost escalation, Mr Sreedharan said.    He said the allocated funds in this year’s State budget was enough for the works for this year.   To a question, Mr Sreedharan said the Kochi Metro will became operationally self-sustained through non fair collection such as property development and other modes of revenues.    To another question, Mr Sreedharan said a High- Speed rail corridor  project proposed by the State Government between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod was essential for the future of the State.

He exhorted that High Speed rail Corridor was must while considering road congestion when the capacity of traffic is four times more than the road transport.

Mr Sreedharan opined there was no need for mono rail at Kannur Town and the people should sacrifice some land for development to widen the roads and to set up flyovers in the town.   Mr Sreedharan demanded the government should bring out a compulsory legislation for installing solar energy systems in all newly-constructed houses.

Only then 50 per cent of power shortage could be addressed by the State.
He said the biggest challenge of the State was energy shortage and Solid Waste management which could be addressed only through innovations and technologies.    He made these remarks while inaugurating the National Conference at Engineering College.