Kochi: The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is expecting that the expertise of E Sreedharan, the principal adviser to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), will be available for them during the extension of the project in the second phase.
Though it is too early to comment on whether the DMRC will be the implementing agency for the second phase of the project, KMRL managing director Elias George said that the agency is keen on availing the services of the Metro man.
He was answering to queries related to the remarks of E Sreedharan on Thursday that the DMRC would wind up its operations after the completion of the present work.
“The extension proposal of Kochi Metro Rail to Kakkanad in phase two is yet to get the approval from the Centre. So right now, we cannot comment on whether the DMRC will be the implementing agency for the second phase or not,” he added.
The KMRL’s top official’s comments came in the wake of the news channel reports that Sreedharan had said that the extension of Kochi Metro to Kakkanad will be not be taken over by DMRC. As per the news reports, Sreedharan had said that the DMRC would wind up its operations after the completion of the present phase-1 work. He also said that quarry strike has badly affected the work on the Kochi Metro project.
Regarding the Light Metro Project that would be implemented in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, the Metroman said that the Chief Minister, PWD Minister and he would meet the Union Urban Development Minister soon and a clear picture in this regard can be drawn out only after the proposed meeting.