Union urban development minister Kamal Nath informed media persons that Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) would have the full responsibility of executing the Kochi metro rail project, including inviting global tender and technical support.
This was decided at the high-level meeting of key officials from DMRC, Kochi Metro Rail, Kerala government and the union urban ministry.
E Sreedharan, who is the principal adviser to the DMRC, would supervise the Rs 5,200-crore project, the minister said.
It is learnt that DMRC plans to commission the first phase, 25-km long stretch from Aluva to Thripunithura (Petta), by 2016-17.
Sreedharan said the government allowed four years’ time to to complete the project, but DMRC is looking at completing the project in three years. Chief minister Oommen Chandy said the project would be completed in time and the state government would provide all support to DMRC and Sreedharan.
The meeting was also attended by Union ministers Vayalar Ravi and KV Thomas, state minister Aryadan Mohammed, urban development secretary Sudheer Krishna, DMRC managing director Manghu Singh and Kochi Metro managing director Elias George.