Kochi metro project to be delayed
Posted on: 12 Aug 2012
New Delhi: The central government has flayed the state government for its delay in restructuring the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) company. The Central Urban Development Ministry secretary Dr Sudheerkrishna said it is the state government which has to take a decision on restructuring the company. At the same time DMRC sources told Mathrubhumi that the state government has not taken any action to sign the MoU for DMRC to take up the construction. With this it is somewhat sure that the construction will be delayed further.
With criticism from urban development ministry and DMRC, it's clear the state government failed in timely execution of everything.
The director board of the Kochi metro will comprise representatives from both state and central government, as the project would be implemented with share participation from the central government. The central urban development secretary would be the chairman of the board and MD would be a representative of the state government. Though one and half months have passed since the central government waved the green signal for the project, the state government had not taken any step to restructure the director board.
The central government has already decided its representatives apart from the urban development secretary. Additional secretary of minister SK Lohya, DMRC constructions section director Jithendra Thyagi, director of Metro Rolling Stock section in Bangalore DD Ahuja, railway board member AK Gupta will represent the centre.
But the state government has not decided any of its representatives. Though CM recently stated that decision would be taken soon, no steps have been taken. The government has not signed the draft prepared buy DMRC and the same situation is continuing now. DMRC sources also said there is no need for restructuring to sign the draft and the government had not clarified the cause for delay.