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Special Officer and Kochi Metro Rail Limited MD- Tom Jose says that the process of final approval for Kochi Metro is in last phase. Speaking to media in Delhi, Tom Jose said currently a few details are sought by Union Urban Development Ministry for its final note before Planning & Investment Board's final approval. The process will be completed in 3 weeks of time.
 

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The Kerala Govt issues sanction order for Land Acquisition for Kochi Metro. Around 40 acres of land for constructing stations, pillars for elevated metro rail, road widening etc are required to be acquired spread across 7 village offices of Kochi U/A. The first Land acquisition is likely to happen inside CBD in MG Road, as the survey is completed.
 

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Interview by DC with Metro Chief with suggestive names


Deccan Chronicle resident editor John Mary hands over the shortlisted names for Kochi Metro to managing director Tom Jose on Thursday. Senior members of the DC team in Kochi look on.
With the target date for completing the Metro project set at four years, the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) managing director Mr Tom Jose has his task cut out. After returning from his routine weekly trip to Delhi where he “chases the project”, he spoke to this newspaper about the project’s progress.

Q: At what stage is the Kochi Metro project now?

A: It is now before the Project Infrastructure Board (PIB) of the Union government. It will take a couple of weeks for the Board to vet the proposals and add suggestions.

It will then go to an empowered committee before reaching the Cabinet for final clearance. We expect the Cabinet’s approval in the next four to six weeks.:banana::banana:

Q: The project is modelled after the Chennai Metro. Are you looking for any kind of private investment in the project, like in the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), which despite initial objections, proved to be a successful venture?

A: CIAL is a huge success as the airport generates substantial revenue, but one can’t expect the Metro to do it in that scale. The Metro might take 20 years to break even.

The return on investment may be around six per cent. SBI Cap has been entrusted to look into the feasibility of private participation. Apart from 15 per cent each of state and central government equity, 51 per cent is going to be the loan component.

The question of whether to go to the public for investment is yet to be finalized. As the Centre will also have equity in the project, we need to have its concurrence.

Q: CIAL’s success is partly attributed to the commercial exploitation of the land in its hand whereby it generates additional revenue. Can’t you look at a similar strategy?

A: We are actively examining the issue of generating additional revenue from Metro stations. I have seen it in Russia where metro stations provide shopping opportunities. If we can provide ATMs, bill payment counters and other public convenience, people will definitely use them.

Stations can function as hubs of public utilities if we can also give adequate parking facilities. On the last issue, we will look at vertical automated parking, where customers can leave the vehicle at a parking counter from where it is taken to a slot via a conveyer belt.

Q: A major task is going to be land acquisition. What is the progress on that front?

A: The survey has been completed. Two units have been constituted for land acquisition. Notification for acquisition will be issued soon. We expect the task to be completed within 10 months.

Q: A four-year target is set for completing the project. Are you confident of meeting the deadline?

A: It all hinges on how fast we can complete the land acquisition. Construction work can begin in 10 months if we have at least 80 per cent of land in custody. We expect to finish the project four years from the date of sanction.

Q: The project cost has been revised to be about `4,800 crore. What kind of cost escalation do you expect if the project is delayed?

A: I want to complete the project on time. If a delay occurs, the cost escalation will be roughly around 5 per cent.

Q: How has the response of the Union government been to the project?

A: Union Minister for Urban Development Mr Kamal Nath is keen on completing the project on time. So is Dr Sudhir Krishna, the secretary in charge of the ministry. The project’s progress is assessed every week.:banana:

Q: What kind of daily ridership do you expect for Kochi Metro?

A: We would like to have at least 2.5 lakh riders a day. This will help us break-even in 20 years. But it depends on many factors. Delhi Metro has turned out to be a huge success, as attracts more passengers than expected.

I think if we ensure punctuality people will prefer the Metro over other modes of transport, considering the traffic congestion in Kochi. A Metro ride will cost you (`12 to ` 30) slightly more than a bus ride, but it will be considerably less than an auto-rickshaw fare. The Metro fare is decided by the Metro Fare Regulatory Authority.

Metro man speaks to Deccan chronicle

Confident of completing project in four years


The managing director says it all hinges on how fast we can complete the land acquisition. Construction work can begin in 10 months if we have at least 80% of land in custody. I want to complete the project on time.

‘Excited about DC contest’

While receiving names from Deccan Chronicle team, managing director of Kochi Metro Rail Ltd Tom Jose said he was really excited about the DC contest on christening the Kochi Metro.

“I’m very very happy you took this initiative. The names suggested by your readers are worth considering. But, I’m more excited about Metro-Max which is very innovative, cosmopolitan yet traditional”, Tom Jose said.

Shortlisted names ARE...

* Nabeel Muhammed - Ente Metro and Nammude Metro
* Subin V Sivasas – Metro Savari
* Maya Dileep – Malayala Metro
* P.A.Abraham – Ente Metro
* Jojo Joseph – Swandum Metro and Metro Yatra

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/kochi/it’s-your-metro-it’s-your-name-671
 

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What you think about this name?

Leading Ad Guru Prathap Sudhan suggests the name METROMAX for Kochi Metro



This newspaper’s call to readers to come up with names for the Kochi Metro received enthusiastic response with about 1200 entries coming in.

Our internal panel vetted these entries and shortlisted 50.

These were further filtered and the 40 best ones were handed over to our panel head and advertising guru Mr Prathap Suthan who then took up the challenging task of short-listing the seven best names.

In response to our request, Mr Suthan said the task assigned to him was daunting since a proper and suitable name for the Kochi Metro should be metropolitan in character while retaining the local flavour.

“Thus all names with Kochi in them will have to go. Therefore, I’ve looked at those names that are modern/urban and which have a Kerala/Malayalam touch,” he said.

Besides short-listing the names, Mr Suthan also came up with a name of his own for Kochi Metro to give it a professional touch. “The trick to do this is to develop a name and keep it in hand, or give them examples — with one of them being a favourite of the client.”

If left to him, he would’ve gone for something shorter, something stickier with an idea inside it, Mr Suthan said. Hence, he came up with the name Metro-Max. “It’s like petromax – something that’s popular, familiar and useful and very Malayalee. It stands for radiance, the brighter side of Kerala or The Light of Kerala”, he said.

Mr Suthan, known in Indian advertising industry circles as Pat, is the founder and chief explorer of The Advisory — a brand consultancy and creative boutique based out of New Delhi. He’s also the chief creative officer of iYogi.

He has worked on two highly talked about advertising campaigns – India Shining (NDA government’s campaign) and Incredible India (Indian tourism campaign).
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/kochi/it’s-your-metro-it’s-your-name-671
 

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North RoB second side bay demolition begins
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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) began the demolition of the second side bay of the North railway over bridge (RoB) on Thursday, in spite of the Railways not yet giving its approval.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Railway Safety had given the go ahead to pull down the bridge after inspection by a team of officials from Bengaluru. But the DMRC is yet to get the nod from the Thiruvananthapuram railway division.

Project manager P Sriram told media persons that the demolition of the north side bay would require blocking power supply through the electric lines over the track. "This will affect the movement of rail traffic. The remaining portion of the first (south) bay will be pulled down once we get the green signal from the Railways," he said.

DMRC said the majority of the demolition work would be carried out during the night in order to minimize the inconvenience to motorists. Initially, handrails would be removed using diamond cutters.

"After re-constructing both the bays, the main bridge will be demolished," Kochi Metro Rail Limited managing director Tom Jose said. Though experts had raised apprehension over the timely completion of the work, the authorities are confident that it can be completed within the stipulated time. "Two additional lanes will be added to the main bridge. We hope to complete the work in 14 months," Tom Jose said.

The traffic police had re-directed traffic through alternate roads to facilitate demolition. Even though traffic flow was generally smooth, long queues of vehicles could be seen from Kaloor to North RoB during peak hours.

"The earlier decision to divert all light motor vehicles, including cars through alternate routes, has been revoked. Now, cars and buses are allowed through the main bridge," Sriram said.

Police personnel were posted at main junctions to re-route traffic. Sign boards have also been put up across the route to direct motorists.
 

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Piling work for new railway overbridge in North Kochi
The acquisition work for the Kochi Metro Rail project is set to get accelerated with the district officials getting a detailed government order from the state.

The district collector, Mr P.I. Sheikh Pareeth, will send a complete report on the proposed acquisition projects to the State Revenue Department on Saturday, which would mark the start of the acquisition work.

The approval for acquisition is expected to arrive in a week. The principal secretary of the state is expected to give a nod for the acquisition after he goes through the report.

District authorities would then send the report to the State Land Revenue Commissioner, seeking permission to acquire the land under urgency clause. The acquisition will begin on the commissioner’s approval.

“As we have got the government order, we are planning to speed up the acquisition work. Reports will be sent soon. If we get the approval from state officials, we would acquire the land soon,” said Mr Pareeth, explaining that the land would have to be obtained under urgency clause to complete the project soon.

The initial survey work held in the district indicates that 31.92 hectares would have to be acquired privately from Aluva to Petta.

The proposed rail passes through seven villages in the district.

Meanwhile, the district authority received a detailed government order from the state transport department, permitting them to go ahead with the project. The wait was on for more than two months.

The collector returned the first order sent by the transport department, as it lacked clarity.

The order did not indicate the land details and the survey numbers were insufficient to go ahead with the acquisition.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/kochi/land-takeover-metro-soon-975
 

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Metro: Power outage may hit train service

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Trains running between Ernakulam Town and Ernakulam Junction could be affected for about a fortnight as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) plans to temporarily shutdown power in the section while the demolition of the North railway overbridge (RoB) is underway.

“The 110 kV high voltage electric lines could be a threat to workers demolishing the RoB just 1 to 1.5 metres away and so we have applied to the Trivandrum Railway division for a temporary power block to stop electricity flow between Town and Junction stations,” said DMRC project director, Mr P. Sreeram.
DMRC is believed to have received, in principle, approval from the Southern Railways to shutdown power in the area.

The RoB span over the railway tracks has so far been left untouched although demolition of one of the approach bays is over and work on bringing down the other is half done.

“We will complete the rest of the work and then remove the span over the tracks. The preparatory work will take at least three days and the entire rail span will be removed within 15 days with the power block in place,” a Metro officer said, elaborating it would take about a month to fully demolish the RoB.

A railway official said trains would have to run on diesel along the stretch during the power shutdown and this could delay services. “We will also be regulating goods trains running in the section,” he added.
Demolition of second side-bay of North overbridge begins

Source: The Hindu

WORK CONTINUES: The demolition of the side-bay on the northern side of t he North overbridge began on Thursday. Photo: K.K. Mustafah

Two-wheelers and autorickshaws stayed away from the North overbridge as the demolition of the side-bay on the northern side of the bridge began on Thursday.

The Traffic Police diverted two-wheelers and autorickshaws along three alternative routes that go out of the city. Movement of cars and service buses were not affected by the diversion.

The side-bay on the southern side has been removed completely and piling works are on for the new segment of the bridge on that side. The North overbridge is being brought down and renovated in connection with the Kochi metro rail project.

“Before effecting the diversion, we had ensured that all roads along which the traffic would be diverted were tarred. Enough personnel have also been posted at main points to divert traffic without causing traffic snarls,” said M.R. Ajith Kumar, City Police Commissioner.

As many has 160 personnel, including 40 men from traffic wings, 60 from Armed Reserve camps and 40 traffic wardens, were posted for diversion along with 20-odd officers. On Thursday, an additional 50 men were deployed along with the regular volume to streamline the traffic.

“The traffic flow has been steady so far, except at Paramara Junction. This is because the traffic heading towards the North railway station, which usually takes the underpass, had to cross the main traffic. This has led to some queuing up, but it was cleared quickly,” said Mr. Ajith Kumar.

Similarly, there was an unexpected increase in the flow of traffic in the stretch from Kacheripady to Paramara Junction. “This was not exactly because of the diversion. The situation is being studied properly and alternative routes need to be spotted to divert the traffic during peak hours, if necessary,” he said.

A press release issued by the City Police on Wednesday suggested that buses and cars going to Kalamassery and Aluva from the city could take the Vallarpadam container terminal road. “This was to make people aware about alternative routes and thus make optimum use of roads, especially ring roads,” said the Commissioner.
 

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Design whiz

Source: The Hindu BL


Students in Ernakulam district have a unique opportunity. For, the talented among them will be fortunate to see the much awaited Kochi Metro Rail zipping past sporting the logo designed by them.

Kochi Metro Rail Limited is conducting a logo design contest for students aged between 10 and 18 years. The participants are required to design an innovative logo or emblem for the proposed metro rail and email a scanned copy of it to [email protected]. They can also post their entries to the address, Kochi Metro Rail Limited, 8th floor, Revenue Tower, Kochi – 682011.

Each participant can send in only one entry. Only hand drawn designs will be considered to ensure the authenticity of the entry. The winner will walk away with a cash prize of Rs. 5,000 and a certificate.

An eminent panel of judges will select a logo, which seems most representative of the Kochi Metro Rail and all that it stands for. The last date for submission of entries is November 15. For more details, rules, and procedures, log on to www.kochimetro.org
 

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Malayalam's largest circulating Newspaper- Malayala Manorama suggested the name KOMET (Kochi Metro) after hosting a competition across its readers throughout the nation and overseas for new name suggestion.

The word KOMET which indicates the speeding trail of Comets in universe, is an acronym of the word Kochi Metro.

The expert committee was headed by popular Malayalam director Siddique (director of recent Hindi blockbuster Bodyguard), Miss World 1st Runner Up and popular model Parvathy Omanakuttan, popular novelist-writer and branding advisor Santhosh Echikkanam has felt the name Komet is apt for Kochi Metro.

The name will be suggested to Kochi Metro Chief- Tom Jose and DMRC Officials.
 

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Malayalam's largest circulating Newspaper- Malayala Manorama suggested the name KOMET (Kochi Metro) after hosting a competition across its readers throughout the nation and overseas for new name suggestion.

The word KOMET which indicates the speeding trail of Comets in universe, is an acronym of the word Kochi Metro.

The expert committee was headed by popular Malayalam director Siddique (director of recent Hindi blockbuster Bodyguard), Miss World 1st Runner Up and popular model Parvathy Omanakuttan, popular novelist-writer and branding advisor Santhosh Echikkanam has felt the name Komet is apt for Kochi Metro.

The name will be suggested to Kochi Metro Chief- Tom Jose and DMRC Officials.
hehe.. I am one of those who messaged this name. In fact it is anidel who suggested this name here in page number 19. I liked it and just messaged it. all credits to him:)
 

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Kochi Metro is fine or call it KoMet Kochi Metro. :lol::lol:
Yes yes..... Anidel, you can be extremely proud, if Kochi Metro Company and DMRC accepts the name. Manu, thanks for messaging it... I too have mailed the same suggestion to Manorama.....

KOMET is a very good suggestion, that can be developed iconic to New York's Subway or London's Tube (well, not talking about the extensiveness of the network, but the brand value)....

It gives a distinctive identity, something very easy to remember and recollect as well as more of universal in nature. If we name based on Malayalam dictionary or Sanskrit styles, people from different regions living in a cosmopolitan city like Kochi may not able to relate it or accept it..... KOMET is apt as it indicates speed. Ancient Greek philosophers often refer Comets as guiding lights to truth and eternity. In Hindu Mythology, comets are considered to be a positive omen.

In such a case, the word KOMET is apt and ideal brand. Once again a big thanks to Anidel and Manu as well as many of our friends who suggested this name. Lets see how it works out....
 

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Kochi Metro approval process is in final stages, said an unnamed official of Finance Ministry to Mathrubhumi Newspaper. The proposal is currently for final review before Finance Ministry's Planning and Investment Board of India (PIB). All documents and discussions with the state govt officials have been completed and final inter-department reviews of Central Govt are to held in next 2 weeks. The final meeting is fixed on last week of November and its all expected to give green signal.

Once completed, the proposal will directly go to Cabinet for its executive sanction. The officials of DMRC and Kochi Metro expects to complete all formalities and recevie sanction order by last week of December, as New Year Gift to Kochinites.:banana::banana:

The proposal which PIB looks forward is of 5182 Crore worth project (including possible cost escalations and other expenses) out of which more than 60% will be funded by JICA. The State Govt will soon issue a notification exempting Metro from around Rs 280 Crore worth State taxation net.

Around 32 acres of land is required for the project and acquisition notification have been issued. The special LA Committees formed will start the process as early as possible and expecting to complete the process in next 10 months.

The target date for commissioning first line is expected to be on first quarter of 2016.

Source:- Mathrubhumi.
 

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Cabinet to consider Kochi Metro in 2 weeks, Sanction expected

The Central Urban Development minister, Kamalnath conveyed that the Cabinet will consider Kochi metro within 2 weeks. He assured his support for the project. Chennai Model will be followed. The minister hinted that the project will get the clearance in the cabinet meeting. :banana:

Fingers Crossed! :)

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Inter-governmental agencies and departments are favourable to the revised proposal of Kochi Metro, which is currently under final review of Planning and Investment Board of India under Finance Ministry. The PIB has sought out various ministries and agencies opinions and as of now, all appears favourable. Within 3 weeks, PIB will finalize the Metro's fate and once approved, it will move to Cabinet for final executive sanction, which is believed to mere formality.

In current scenario, things appear too positive for the Kochi Metro!!!
 

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What all things were revised in new proposal?
Well, the major change is proposal of Chennai Model, with only 15% stake from Central Govt and the State Govt becoming sole responsible for the loss suffered.

Ofcourse there would be slight technical and alignment revision details, funding options etc, which are not known to us.
 

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Kochi metro should be a people's project: Tom Jose

He wants to make it a people's project. Tom Jose, managing director of Kochi Metro Rail, has invited school children to design a logo for the city's metro rail.

The Rs 5,146-crore project is among the largest investment projects to be taken up in Kerala, with equity participation both from the Centre and the state.

Jose is keen on completing work in the next four years to avoid cost over-runs. Not surprisingly, his role model is E Sreedharan who has made the Delhi Metro one of the best-run infrastructure utilities and redefined the infrastructure development paradigm.

"A mass rapid transit system (MRTS) that assures on time arrivals and departures has often been cited as the single most important factor, that improves the quality of life of people in cities.

An MRTS has been recognised as the answer to traffic woes of Kochi, a city of narrow roads. The region has grown at a fast clip, attracting more people to the city.

The high density of population also makes it tough to undertake road-widening projects. The waterbased transport in the city can only supplement landbased solutions, not a substitute" says the 51-year old career bureaucrat.

However, he concedes that a project of this magnitude has to overcome many challenges.

The union cabinet is expected to clear the project within a few weeks. Preparatory work has begun in the city at an investment of Rs 157 crore.

The work includes construction of two overbridges and widening of a few roads. The total land area that has to be acquired for the entire project is around 32 hectares.

And that presents the most serious challenge. Land acquisition is a challenge in a city like Kochi that has a high density of population.

Moreover, expectations about compensation is also high in the region. Two land acquisition units have already started their work.

"We hope to finish the entire exercise in about 10 months. We should have 80% of the land with us before we start construction to avoid time and cost overruns", he says.

In the first phase, the Kochi Metro would cover a distance of 25.5 km and will have 23 stations. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation ( DMRC) would be the primary consultant for the Kochi metro project.

Apart from this, the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd would be selecting general consultants for specific components of the project such as design, signal systems, air conditioning and so on.

Kochi Metro Rail Ltd is planning to complete the project in four years. Unlike other cities like Delhi, Chennai or Bangalore, where similar projects have been taken up, Kochi has to factor in the heavy monsoons, that could slow down work.

However, Tom Jose says that the fouryear completion target has been fixed after taking all such factors into account.

As far as funding of the Kochi metro project goes, the state and central governments are expected to pick up equity stake of 15% each in the company. At present, the company is fully owned by the Kerala Government.

However, ownership pattern will change, with investment from the central government.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com...les-project-tom-jose/articleshow/10722418.cms
 

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Metro Rail may be extended to Tripunithara

The Kochi's dream project, the Aluva-Pettah Phase one of Kochi Metro may be extended till Tripunithara, instead of Petta, by adding additional 2 Kms. This matter is brought into Metro's consideration after it finds difficulty in Land Acquisition for Terminal Station in Petta, which is densely populated. Since original plans requires Petta to be terminal station, it requires more larger facilities like Loco Servicing, Loco Parking apart from a much larger public parking complex and station. However the LA ran into extreme public opposition with public protesting against massive land acquisitions planned in the area. Metro Officials are also concerned whether it would run into legal tussles and subsequently delays.

Its in this context, the line is proposed to extend upto Tripunithara's SN Junction where Steel Authority of India has 10 acres of land unused. Since the area is not as densely populated as Petta, with acres of unused paddy fields there, its also possible to extend the terminus station there with increased facilities. Moreover the Tripunithara's proposed Bus terminus is planning to come near to this place, providing a strong feeder traffic to Metro from those coming from Eastern parts.

In addition, the proposed extension will help to fuel for second phase alignment to Kakkanad side, as the main SP/AP road is just 800 meters from the proposed site.

Considering all aspects, the Metro Rail company is actively considering the proposals.
 
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