05 August, 2021

A Parent To Rail At

Slow days for Kochi Metro as DMRC, the executor, shows apathy

A Parent To Rail At

Despite the charisma of India’s Metro man, E. Sreedharan, the ambitious 22 km Kochi Metro is mired in bureaucratic hurdles, with the Union urban development ministry and the Delhi government, equal partners in DMRC, stating that DMRC should not be burdened with external projects in view of its phase III expansion.

Few buy this argument though, considering that DMRC has done project reports for cities like Chandigarh, Lucknow and Raipur and recently set up a business development division to look after and get new business. DMRC officials themselves say that the Kochi Metro project will not put any additional burden on them, as few officials would actually have to be present at Kochi for setting it up.

Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy has been making a strong pitch for DMRC. On October 24, Chandy sent a letter to the Delhi CM, urging that DMRC be allowed to undertake the project as his state was not in a position to execute it. He also met Union urban development minister Kamal Nath and Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit for this. On top of that, DMRC, say sources,...

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