Thiruvananthapuram: The Principal Adviser, Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC), E. Sreedharan on Saturday held a discussion on the road ahead for the elevated Light Metro for Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode with Managing Director of Kerala Rapid Transit Corporation Limited (KRTL) P.I. Sheikh Pareeth.
The meeting between Mr. Sreedharan and Mr. Pareeth here was the first after government decided in principle to give turnkey consultancy of project to the DMRC and nod for acquisition of land for three flyovers and light metro stations in the two cities. The DMRC has been given the nod by the government for the construction of the flyovers at Sreekariyam, Ulloor and Pattom. The ways to expedite the land acquisition and to start work for these flyovers also came up for discussion in the one-to-one talks. About 1.98 hectares is needed in the capital and 1.44 hectares in Kozhikode for the Light Metro stations.
Although the government has issued the orders, the Deputy Collector/Sub-Divisional Officer (Revenue) has not been posted to expedite the land acquisition procedures. The land identified from the two cities along the proposed light corridor has also not been notified despite the finalisation of the alignment.
The DMRC and the State is awaiting the nod of the Centre for expediting the MRTS project aimed at solving the traffic and transportation problems.
Mr. Sreedharan also had discussions with the C&MD of the Kerala Highspeed Rail Corporation, T. Balakrishnan.