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.
The board is now considering the option of the ´light Metro´ (light road transit system). DMRC has now been asked to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) in four weeks. The project area and alignment will remain the same.
Global tenders will be floated after the DPR is made available, according to sources. The light metro is being considered since it is technologically advanced and cheaper when compared to the price quoted in the monorail financial bid.