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This thread is to discuss the development of Proposed Water Metro Project of Kerala Government in city of Kochi, aiming to connect various parts of city with high speed ferry connections
source - hindu.comA delegation representing the German Development Bank KfW will visit the city on March 27 (did they visit?) for the final round of discussions on the water transport network proposed by the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) for the greater Kochi area.
According to Elias George, Managing Director, KMRL, the Detailed Project Report prepared by the Centre’s Urban Mass Transit Company Limited (UMTC) will be submitted to the State government for its approval this week and forwarded to the Union government for its consideration.
Works such as preparing bid documents and finalising the role of departments engaged in water and road transport will commence once the KfW’s board, which has expressed interest in funding the project, clears the loan.
The first instalment of the loan is expected to be released by January 2016.
The project envisages a sum of Rs. 200 crore to purchase fast, comfortable and fuel-efficient ferries and another Rs. 150 crore to establish or improve road connectivity and Rs.124 crore for renovation of ferry terminals in the region.
The rest of the funds will be used for dredging, constructing jetties and to introduce feeder buses from boat jetties.
source - hindu.comAim to obtain Rs.624-crore German loan
A detailed project report (DPR) for obtaining Rs. 624-crore German loan to develop water transport in the greater Kochi area is expected to be submitted to the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) on Monday (was it submitted?).
The project envisages a sum of Rs. 200 crore to purchase fast, comfortable and fuel-efficient ferries and another Rs. 200 crore to establish or improve road connectivity to existing and proposed ferry terminals in the region. The rest of the funds will be used for dredging, constructing or renovating jetties and to introduce feeder buses from boat jetties.
The managing director of KMRL, Elias George, who is also the chairman of Kochi’s Unified Metropolitan Transportation Authority (UMTA), said the proposed water transport project would impact people’s life and lifestyle as significantly as the Kochi metro. “It will open up a new water corridor from North Paravur in Ernakulam’s northern end to Aroor located at its southern end. The few boats that operate now are very slow and non-reliable,” he said.
The DPR prepared by the Centre’s Urban Mass Transit Company Limited (UMTC) will be forwarded to the Finance Department and will later be placed before the State Cabinet.
It will then be sent to the Union Urban Development Ministry and the Union Finance Ministry.
“The loan’s first instalment will hopefully be handed over to the KMRL in January 2016. Preparatory works such as preparing bid documents and finalising the role of departments engaged in water and road transport will commence once the German Development Bank KfW’s board clears the loan,” Mr. George said.
A naval architect, Mr. George said the “stone-age practices” that prevailed in the State’s water transport sector would end once the new project was implemented. A three-member German team had visited the city a month ago to assess its waterway network.
The project aims to improve road connectivity to existing and proposed ferry terminals in the region.
source - feest.com.deWith its earlier proposal hitting a blockade on concerns of pollution, the officials of the Inland Waterway Authority of India on Tuesday held an inspection to find out the possibility of developing an alternative water route that links up the airport here with the seaport.
According to official sources, a three-member IWAI team led by its director N. Sivaraman surveyed the existing water-link and its adjacent areas from Neduvannur to Purappillykavu Bund in the Periyar.
The team is scheduled to carry out an inspection on the remaining path to Kochi via Kadamakkudi later this week.
The Department of Water Resources is now mulling over a proposal to develop a way using Chengalthodu, an extremely silted tributary of the Periyar and interlink it to the Manjali River before proceeding to Kochi through the Cherai backwaters.
The IWAI had earlier suggested a 49.5 km long waterway that was divided into three stretches – from the Seaport to Eloor, from Eloor to Kanjoor and from Kanjoor to the airport.
The proposal, however, was shelved on concerns that movement of motorized boats through the Periyar would pollute the water resource and hit the drinking water projects at Chowara and Aluva.
According to A. K. Nazeer, president of the Shareholders' Organization of Cochin International Airport Limited, both the Water Resources Minister P. J. Joseph and V. J. Kurian- the managing director of CIAL as well the secretary of the Water Resources Department, have been briefed of the new proposal.
Experts are of the view that the waterway proposal presented a great opportunity to CIAL to evolve itself as a major cargo station by incorporating a multi-model transport system linking air, land and waterways.
The route is also expected to play a key role in developing the activity of ‘cruise exchange'. With the route, CIAL will be the first airport in the country to get direct waterway connectivity to a major sea port.
The State government had earlier included the waterway project in its 100 day's action plan and earmarked funds for commencing works.
If all goes as planned, the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) will ink an agreement with German funding agency KfW in December to source Rs.590 crore as loan for the Rs.819-crore integrated water transport project in the greater-Kochi area.
This was stated here on Friday by Stephanie Rieger, KfW’s Senior Project Manager, following a week-long final appraisal mission for the project to introduce a fleet of 78 fast, fuel efficient and air-conditioned ferries linking Kochi with West Kochi, Kakkanad and islands that surround the city.
Allied infrastructure such as boat jetties and access to jetties too will be augmented.
Preliminary agreement signed
The two agencies signed an MoU – a preliminary agreement on KfW providing loan and sharing in-house expertise for the project, on Friday. Earlier this week, the Planning Board had approved the draft project report, following which the German team called on Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and key officials of the Finance Department. "We hope to get the formal nod of the State Cabinet, the Central government and KfW’s Board shortly. Once the agreement is inked in December, we hope to begin implementing the project from January 2016. The loan having approximately 1.60 per cent interest works out to 80 per cent of the project cost (after deducting Rs.72 crore as cost of land acquisition). It can be repaid in 20 years’ time,” said Elias George, KMRL’s managing director.
The 78 ferries will be procured over a four-year period. KMRL has appointed a team of consultants to finalise the specifications for ferries.
“The modern ferries that will be procured through international competitive bidding will become the aqua wing of Kochi Metro, while existing ferries operated by agencies such as the State Water Transport Department can either operate here or be taken to other parts of Kerala where there is shortage of ferries,” Mr. George said.
The Director (Finance) of KMRL Abraham Oommen said one third of the 78 boats planned could be operated by private players. “Thus, they can operate boats costing Rs.65 crore, while KMRL could operate boats costing Rs.125 crore.”
This is a win-win situation for both metro rail and waterway transport, Ms. Rieger said.
“We will fast-track the loan since the project pioneers inclusiveness, integration of two public transport systems and thus reduces pollution caused by private vehicles,” she said.