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DMRC decision on Kochi Metro on Nov 27: Chandy

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Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said the board of directors meeting of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in Delhi next week will decide on its role in execution of the Rs 5,180-crore Kochi Metro project.

Chandy told presspersons here that controversies relating to the much-awaited Kochi Metro were the creation of media and at any time the Government had not thought of keeping out DMRC from execution of the project.

He said the Kochi Metro project plan was first mooted during the Congress-led United Democratic Front rule in 2005. Since then DMRC Principal Advisor E. Sreedharan had been a part of the project.

Sreedharan had been functioning as part of the Kerala Government during the last seven years.

The project will be completed as proposed and there was no cause for any anxiety, he said apparently referring to the Opposition charge that the UDF Government was trying to keep DMRC and Sreedharan off the project with ulterior motives.

Besides, the Union Urban Ministry had taken a stand that DMRC could not take the project because the corporation was tight with the work of Delhi Metro maintenance and other projects.

Chandy said a meeting to be attended by Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi, Union Minister for Food, K.V. Thomas, and Kerala Transport Minister, Aryadan Mohanned, and himself will be held in Delhi to discuss the issue.

(This article was published on November 17, 2012)
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