KOCHI: In a move which indicates the government is having second thoughts on the commissioning of the Kochi Metro Rail first phase till Palarivattom, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has received the feedback from all the MLAs in Ernakulam district.
At a meeting held at the Chief Minister’s Office(CMO) the other day, Pinarayi got the MLAs’ views on commissioning of the first phase from Aluva to Palarivattom by April.
“The Chief Minister met all the MLAs from the district and asked us about commissioning of the project up to Palarivattom instead of the Maharaja’s College. He said DMRC Principal Adviser E Sreedharan had informed him the stretch between Aluva and Palarivattom would be ready for commissioning by this month-end,” Hibi Eden,MLA, told Express.According to Hibi, he had told the meeting about the lack of facilities at Palarivattom which would pose problems if the Metro phase I ended its service there.
“However, considering the fact most of the Metro services across the country were commissioned in a multi-phased manner, the infrastructure limitations could be overcome in a time bound manner along with the progress of the project. The meeting gave us ample hope the project could well be commissioned by April,” he said.
Aluva MLA Anwar Sadath voiced apprehension about the traffic snarl-ups the town would witness after the Metro commissioning on account of the lack of parking facilities. Meanwhile, the Kochi Metro Rail Limited(KMRL) authorities said,”A clearer picture would emerge at the high-level meeting to be convened by Chief Minister on Monday.”
The meeting is likely to be attended by E Sreedharan, KMRL managing director Elias George and other top officials. A final decision on the date of the Metro’s commissioning and the inaugural stretch is likely to be taken at Monday’s meeting.The DMRC had already submitted a proposal to the government for launching the service up to Palarivattom. Earlier, the Chief Minister had asked the KMRL officials to launch the project up to Maharaja’s Ground in the first phase during a review meeting held recently. He also said if the civil works were to take some more time,then the date of the Metro’s commissioning could be extended.