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'Fully staisfied' with metro work, says Chief Minister

Fully staisfied with metro work, says Chief Minister

Kochi: Work on the 25 km Aluva-Petta first phase stretch of Kochi Metro project will be completed on schedule and government was 'fully statisfied' with the work undertaken so far, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday said.

Chandy, who visited the Kochi Metro project sites at MG Road, North overbridge, Kaloor, chengampuzha park, Pulinchoodu and DMRC piling yard at nearby Kalamassery, told reporters that he was 'fully statisfied' with the work.

Seeing the pace of the work in the 141 days which are over, the target of completing the first phase in 1095 days would be achieved, he said.

The director board of the Kochi Metro will hold a review meeting here on Oct 31 and all pending issues would be sorted out, chandy said.

On extension of the Metro project to Nedumbassery airport and Tripunithura, he said the government was taking a positive stand on these pleas. But the thrust now would be on completing the Aluva-Pettah stretch as per schedule.

Work on the Edapally flyover will be begin soon. The piling work will begin in a week's time, he said.

The government was also taking keen interest in another dream project-- Thiruvananthapuram-Kozhikode monorail project, which was also being undertaken by DMRC under the supervision of its advisor E Sreedharan. Re-tendering process will be beginning in three months time, he said.

E Sreedharan, who was also present, said the Metro work was going as per schedule. Since the last two months, due to rains there were some issues. The pile cap and pier work is behind schedule by one and half months while pile driving was on schedule, he said.

When pointed that Vytilla-Petta land acquisition had been delayed, he said all issues would be sorted out Oct 31 meeting.

Meanwhile, DYFI activists waved black flags against Ommen Chandy at two places as the Chief Minister’s car passed by.

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