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DMRC to implement Kochi Metro: Kerala CM

Posted on Oct 16, 10:25PM | UNI

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today iterated the Government stand on entrusting the implementation of the Kochi Metro Rail project to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

Briefing on Cabinet decisions here, he said the Government wishes DMRC to take up the works of Kozhikode and Trivandrum Mono Rail Projects too.

Regarding the allegations made by Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, he said that it was the previous LDF Government which opted out of the project.

Prabhat Patnaik, the former Planning Board Vice Chairman termed the whole project as financially unviable and gave up the project.

The State would stick to the Cabinet decision of entrusting the implementation of the Kochi Metro Rail project to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, he added.

It also decided to convey the State government's decision to the Union Ministry of Urban Affairs on handing over the work to the DMRC, besides putting pressure on the Central Government to relax certain norms imposed by the Central Vigilance Commission with regard to handing over project works to consultants of the same work.

He said he would personally take up the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Minister Kamal Nath.