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Old October 10th, 2011, 09:24 AM   #321
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NORTH ROB Demolition as part of Kochi Metro Preparatory Works in News

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Dismantling of two-wheeler bays of North Railway Overbridge (RoB) started on Sunday morning.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials, including project director P. Sreeram, are monitoring the work. Kochi Metro Rail Ltd managing director Tom Jose said due to safety concerns the demolition would mostly be done at night.

Resurfacing of all 10 alternative roads will be completed by Monday evening.

The dismantling of the bridge was scheduled to start on October 5, but DMRC officials said the work was delayed due to non-cooperation of Corporation.

“Corporation authorities did not evacuate traders on time,” said P. Sreeram.

However, Corporation denied the charge. Mayor Tony Chammany said Corporation was cooperating with DMRC and the decision to demolish the bridge before evacuation of traders was unfair.

Earlier, Corporation and DMRC authorities held discussions with traders regarding rehabilitation. Metro Rail authorities said evacuated traders would be rehabilitated under Pullepady RoB.

However, the traders could not be evacuated as the proposed area was not ready for rehabilitation.
After pulling down the side bays in the first phase, the new four-lane RoB would be built in 14 months by Cherian Varkey Construction Company Pvt Ltd at Rs70 crore.

The demolition work started after getting a final report from Kochi Corporation, Kerala State Construction Corporation and police. Additional traffic wardens are being deployed to supervise re-routing of vehicles. Rs 5.37 lakh has been sanctioned for police to obtain the necessary equipment.
Fifty per cent of the signboards for traffic diversion have already been delivered to the assistant commissioner of traffic police.

The Corporation has removed lampposts and advertisement boards on the RoB’s two-wheeler bays.

Traffic restrictions will be imposed from 8.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. daily.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/chann...etro-kochi-641
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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation began the dismantling of one of the two side bays of the Ernakulam North overbridge on Sunday, prior to the rebuilding of the bridge as a four-lane one.

Being a holiday, traffic through the bridge was not affected much. Vehicles proceeding to the city were diverted through side roads.

The bridge is being widened as part of the efforts to streamline traffic flow when work begins on the Kochi metro rail project.

City Police Commissioner M.R. Ajith Kumar was present to oversee traffic diversions.

“All vehicles, except two and three wheelers and light goods vehicles [which together constitute 65 per cent of the traffic] proceeding westward to the city, will be permitted through the bridge in the coming days,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police (Edappally Traffic) K.S. Baby Vinod. Buses, cars and heavy vehicles can use the bridge in either direction.

Meanwhile, P. Sriram, Kochi Project Director of DMRC, said that only one of the two bays of the bridge was dismantled initially, since the City Corporation's nod was awaited for dismantling the bay on the northern side.

The work to demolish the other bay would begin in 10 days.

WITHIN 18 MONTHS

The contractor had been asked to rebuild the bridge as a four-lane one within 18 months, he said.

The DMRC has requested the Corporation to speed up efforts to rehabilitate traders running shops beneath the bridge, and to complete resurfacing work on roads through which vehicles will be diverted when the bridge's bays are pulled down.

The agency will complete the widening of the narrow Town Hall-Madhava Pharmacy Junction stretch within the 18-months' period.

The work to clear encroachments on M.G. Road and to widen it will be taken up later.

Work on the Salim Rajan Road flyover will be over in 15 months.

Mayor Tony Chammany said that traders beneath the North bridge would be relocated to the areas beneath the Pullepady bridge.

“The RBDCK will build stalls for them,” the Mayor said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/...cle2524949.ece
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Old October 10th, 2011, 10:04 AM   #322
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MODs please update the first post with the info. about line being constructed, pics of start of constr. etc.

@irshad: Nice updates, good to see preliminary works beginning
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Old October 10th, 2011, 10:07 AM   #323
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Metro Rail may get central nod this month

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The Union Government is expected to give the much awaited nod for the Kochi Metro Rail project by the end of this month. Kochi Metro Rail managing director Tom Jose said that with the Planning Commission giving its nod in principle, the only hurdle in front of the project now is the Cabinet sanction.

“During his recent Delhi visit, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had met Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath and held discussions with regard to the project. The minister had assured that the file would be moved to the Cabinet meeting soon for its approval,” Tom Jose said.

Tom Jose, who was one among the team members who visited the Kamal Nath, also said they had already requested the Centre to consider the implementation of the project as a Centre-State joint venture. “It will be difficult to find private investors for a project like Kochi Metro Rail with an estimated cost of Rs. 4,427 crore, where the expected return on investment is only 7 percent,” he added.Meanwhile, the work on the second metro rail-related project, the reconstruction of the North RoB, has begun on Sunday. “We had already started the construction of a new RoB near the KSRTC garage connecting Rajaji Road with Salim Rajan Road. The projects, including the widening of MG Road and Banerjee Road, will also be completed within the stipulated time,” he added. Meanwhile, experts are of the opinion that any further delay in the commencement of the project will result in a huge increase in the production cost. “The project cost which was estimated at Rs. 2,500 crore in 2005 had escalated and touched Rs. 4,427 crore in 2011. If the project is delayed further, the cost will cross Rs. 5,000 crore mark soon,” they said.
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Old October 10th, 2011, 10:18 AM   #324
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Awesome!! About time.
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Old October 10th, 2011, 11:24 AM   #325
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MODs please update the first post with the info. about line being constructed, pics of start of constr. etc.

@irshad: Nice updates, good to see preliminary works beginning
Thanks World8115, Lets keep a small wait here, untill Central Govt hands over formal letter of approval. Ofcourse, there is no doubt, this project is approved. But lets wait for formal intimation, probably out by this month, so that there won't be unnecessary eyebrows or criticisms.

Anyway, soon, construction works of India's 7th Metro service commence formally with a Gazetted notification, warranting for a change of this thread's status
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Old October 10th, 2011, 12:49 PM   #326
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Works Started, with the side bridge bay being barricaded with Metro Boards and railings, lamp-posts being removed
I was asking for actual work not the preparatory works. From the article posted above, it seems that we can rename this thread from "Kochi Metro | Proposed" to "Kochi Metro | Under Construction" in a month or so . It will be 10th metro in India to start construction.
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Old October 10th, 2011, 01:06 PM   #327
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Yay! All is looking good for India's 10th metro, lets hope all goes to plan. Congratulations Kochi!
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Old October 10th, 2011, 02:21 PM   #328
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Thanks to the JICA (interest rate just 1.5 %) funding, India is getting so many metros Ofcourse the SG and CG also contribute but it is very difficult for them to alone fund entire cost. I think bcoz of this funding issue, Pune Metro project (which was expected to start constr. few years back) has been heavily delayed. Anyways I'm glad for Kochi and also Ahmedabad both newest in line on the metro list
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Old October 10th, 2011, 04:14 PM   #329
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+1. More than half of the funding comes from JICA in most of the projects. Interest rates of even 5% can make the project unviable, esp when it would a net loss making venture.
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Old October 10th, 2011, 06:18 PM   #330
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Yay! All is looking good for India's 10th metro, lets hope all goes to plan. Congratulations Kochi!
Yeah.. Atlast Kochi metro is becoming a reality

Btw, I could only find eight metros under construction(or operation)

Delhi
Mumbai
Chennai
Kolkata
Bangalore
Hyderabad
Jaipur
Gurgaon

Which is the ninth one?
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I think it is Ahmedabad, right? Didn't know that its construction has already started .

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Which is the ninth one?
Navi Mumbai
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The objections raised by Cochin Corporation against demolition of Side Bay of North ROB removed by the mayor. The traders who were functioning under the bridge where rehabilitated.

From today onwards, the works will be carried out in night also, to ensure completion of new ROB in time.

With deployment of several Traffic police and wardens across the cities, the diversion is going on smoothly without any reporting of traffic congestion. Traffic became smoother at North ROB, which normally sees heavy traffic congestion.
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Kochi Metro Rail Limited and Kochi City Police is planning to decrease the number of Policemen deputed for effective diversion of traffic. The KMRL is planning to increase number of wardens for monitoring rather than using Policemen. In addition the company will be soon erecting traffic boards and road maps across the city for effective movement, without congestion.

Meanwhile the District Administration, granted one month extra for completion of demolition drive to DMRC, considering the delay they faced to start the project.
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Central nod to Chennai-model Kochi Metro rail

The Ministry of Urban Development has reportedly given approval to model the Kochi Metro rail on the lines of Chennai Metro rail.

A draft in this regard has been prepared by the Cabinet.

There will be no private participation in the project. The amount which was earmarked for the project will be increased to Rs. 5,016 crore from Rs. 1,886 crore, as 51 percentage of the amount will be taken by way of loan.
The project will be submitted before the Cabinet only after receiving a nod from the Finance Ministry.
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Writ petition filed against Kochi metro-rail project

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A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Wednesday adjourned by one month hearing on a writ petition challenging the formation of the Kochi Metro Rail Limited for establishing metro railway in the city.

The petition was filed by V.M. Machael of Kochi. He said that the government order forming a Limited company as a Special Purpose Vehicle(SPV) under the provisions of the Companies Act for setting up metro rail was illegal. The State government had no jurisdiction to issue such an order. In fact, only the Central government had been empowered to issue such an order in terms of the Metro Rail (Construction of Works) Act 1978.

The Central government could appoint a board for advising the State government on the metro-rail project. The State government could only approach the Indian Railways to introduce a mass rapid transport system. The new company could undertake works only under a valid contract with the Central government. No such contract had been signed with the Central government.

The petitioner pointed out that no laws allowed the State government to form such a company. Even the constitution of the board of directors of the company was illegal because the board had been constituted even before the drafting of memorandum and articles of association. Nor any decision was taken by the Cabinet to constitute a company.

The petitioner also said that the decision to demolish the North railway overbridge was illegal. According to him, the company or any other authority had not obtained the mandatory sanction for demolishing the railway overbridge from the Central government or the Railways. He said that even before the Planning Commission had sanctioned the project, the authorities went ahead with the implementation of the project.

He pointed out that, in fact, metro rail was recommended only for metropolitan city with a population of 40 lakh. Kochi city had only a population 6.89 lakh, according to the petitioner. Besides, the financial viability of the project looked very grim.
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Kochi Metro will go on, says HC

HC refuses to interfere in overbridge demolition

HC declines to stay North ROB demolition

The above news haven't fully reflected the reality. Yes, there are some elements in the city, who want to stick on with the old red buses and reap the profits thro' exploitation. Again there are lobbies who donot want it to happen..... This paper organization is just a mask of it.

Thank god, HC refused to interfere.....
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Demolition of first bay of North ROB is getting almost complete. By end of next week, the demolition will be over and reconstruction works will commence by week after that.

Ofcourse DMRC is keeping its time stringent......
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The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is open to the proposal to extend the system of mass rapid transport up to the Kochi international airport, its managing director Tom Jose has said.

“The world over, metro-rails are linked to airports,” he said, when sought to comment on Wednesday's observation by the High Court of Kerala about the possibility of a link (from Aluva) up to the airport, while hearing a writ petition filed by an NGO about the project. The State Government, which has substantial stake in the airport company can decide on raising the funds for the extension, he said.

The demand for an airport link was suggested about four years ago and could be carried out by extending the metro-rail alignment by another eight km from Aluva up to the airport. This would in turn increase the passenger patronage for the metro since domestic and international air passengers could use it to reach the city. They now pay upwards of Rs 600 for the journey by taxi car.

A senior airport official said that though they had received a communication a few years ago about the proposal, there was no follow-up action. “The airport extension could be thought of once phase one (Aluva-M G Road-Pettah stretch) is commissioned,” he said.

Writ petition

Mr. Jose termed as unscientific the contentions raised in the writ petition about the feasibility of the system of mass rapid transport.

The convener of an NGO, V. M. Michael who approached the court had claimed that Kochi has a population of 6.89 lakh, ‘whereas a metro-rail system is ideal for cities with a population of 40 lakh or more'. Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Michael said that a suburban-rail system and wide roads can be laid to link Kochi with neighbouring districts, by using the over Rs 5,000 crore that the metro is estimated to cost. Even if the metro is commissioned, he demanded that its alignment be extended up to the High Court Junction since it is a prominent hub where commuters board and alight.

Rebutting the petitioner's first claim, Mr. Jose said that the metro rail is not aimed at meeting the commuting demands in just the Kochi Corporation area, the limits of which were set decades ago. “Since then, the land-use pattern in the city and its suburbs changed considerably. We are looking at the greater Kochi area, which includes places under the Corporation, five municipalities and nearby panchayats. Starting from Aluva, the elevated rails would cover the city's hinterland too since thousands of people from these places visit the city each day for jobs, shopping etc., through congested roads.”

He also refuted the petitioner's contention that the nod of Indian Railways was required for the project. Urban transportation falls under the Union Urban Development Ministry. The Ministry permits States to set up their metro-rail and other urban transportation systems.

Cabinet note

Referring to the Cabinet note prepared recently by the Union Urban Development Ministry on the project, he said that this would be forwarded to the Union Cabinet, the Union Finance and other ministries.

The note reportedly upheld the State Government's demand to execute the project as a Centre-State joint venture without private participation, on the lines of the Chennai metro-rail. The State Government recently revised the project cost to Rs 5,016 crore, up from Rs 1,186 crore six years ago. “The rate in the Detailed Project Report was upgraded based on prevailing market conditions. These are dynamic figures and are based on the estimated cost,” Mr. Jose said.

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  • Union Urban Development Ministry says the project can be done as a Centre-State venture
  • State had recently revised the project cost to Rs.5,016 crore up from Rs.1,186 crore
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