Kozhikode is set to inaugurate its new container reach stack and launch the MT Malabar tug. The Beypore port authorities are targeting to handle 250 containers per month with the opening of the new reach stack. The container reach stack has been constructed at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore, while MT Malabar Tug incurred a cost of Rs 6 crore.
The total investment required in urban transport works out to roughly about Rs.1 lakh crore per year for the next 20 years. It is important to find appropriate ways and means to be able to generate this kind of investment.The next phase of IndiaÂ´s growth is predominantly dependent on planned urbanisation and the key to planned urbanisation is robust.
Kerala has decided to dump the twin monorail projects for Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode citing high costs quoted by Bombardier, the lone bidder after two rounds of tendering. A meeting of the board of Kerala Monorail Corporation chaired by the Chief Minister took the decision.
In Kozhikode, the September 30 deadline for repairs and re-surfacing of dug up roads has already been missed by the authorities concerned. And another deadline of October 18 has also been likely to be missed as there was no progress in the road repairs. The roads were dug up for laying pipes for the sewerage project under the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project.
To launch ferry services for passengers between its capital Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode through the marine highway, the Kerala Government is to buy four high-speed catamarans. It has sanctioned Rs 3 crore to form the Coastal Shipping Promotion Fund to extend financial aid to ferry operators.
The hitherto abandoned 'Port Guesthouse and port office in Kozhikode, owned by the Port Department, which owns the plot and the building, is to renovate by spending Rs 40 lakh. Officials concerned said that a proposal to renovate the building has been sent to the government and it was yet to get a response. The project included converting the building to house the offices of the port conservator and internal vigilance officer and project monitoring officer of the department.
By the end of 2013, Kerala government would finish tender work for the proposed Kozhikode Monorail project and it would begin construction work from January 2014. The state Public Works Minister VK EbrahimKunju informed this to media persons. He also informed that the first phase of the project would not affect traders in the area. He said this referring to the protest from the Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi (KVVES) who took out
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) would sign a general consultancy agreement with Kerala Monorail Corporation for the Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode monorail projects, which may together cost Rs 5,581 crore. Of the total project investment, Rs 3,590 crore would go for Thiruvananthapuram project and Rs 1,991 crore for Kozhikode project. DMRC would get 3.25 per cent of the total inv