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Land for Kochi metro station handed over – The Hindu

Posted on Feb 14, 2014

The Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) handed over 28 cents of land near its head office to the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) on Thursday, for constructing Kochi Metro’s Kadavanthra station. The station will thus come up on the land which housed GCDA’s Nandanam park near the adjacent canal. “KMRL has promised to do compensatory afforestation since the park has huge trees which will be cut down. It was among the few open spaces in the city having ample green cover,” a senior GCDA official said. “We have assured GCDA that a very good station building will come up in the land. There will be minimal parking area too, for metro commuters,” said KMRL sources. Kadavanthra is expected to be among the busiest of 23 stations proposed for Kochi Metro. Sreedharan holds talks Close on the heels of differences...

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Width of metro barricades on MG Road shortened – The Hindu

Posted on Feb 12, 2014

With pillar works for Kochi Metro getting over at MG Road north end, barricading has been reduced from eight metres to two metres. This has increased the width of the carriageway from two lane to four lane. This is to ensure smoother flow of vehicles. “However, for safety reasons, half/full barricades are provided closer to the pillars located on the road median. Barricades were provided for a width of eight meters for completing metro’s substructure works – piles, pile cap, pillars and crash barriers. Works connected with construction of divider kerbs in the median connecting the crash barriers of pillars will be taken up in due course,” says a press release issued by DMRC. In the coming months, during the launching of the superstructure namely pier cap and girders, traffic restrictions may be imposed for safety reasons. “We request...

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Kochi Metro: Report on TOD Plan by May – The New Indian Express

Posted on Feb 11, 2014

The study report on Transit-oriented Development (TOD) plan for the Kochi Metro Rail Project will be completed by May. The UMTC (Urban Mass Transit Company Limited) which has undertaken the study will submit the report to Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) by the end of May. The agency has already submitted a concept paper on TOD plan for the Edappally station. The study report was prepared with the help of NATPAC. The primary aim of TOPD plan is to ensure development activities around transit hubs. There will be a specific plan for each Metro Rail stations, considering the existing conditions surrounding it. The designs will be pedestrian-friendly. “If we can develop both residential and commercial spaces around Metro stations, an environment which is largely car-free can be created. This will help prevent conversion of valuable transit-accessible space into parking...

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Govt explores ways to put metro work on fast track – THE TIMES OF INDIA

Posted on Feb 11, 2014

KOCHI: The state government is exploring the option of purchasing land directly from the owners by registering the title deed instead of acquiring land from owners for the Kochi Metro rail project. This option is being looked at amid concerns that acquiring land under the new Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act – which came into effect from January 1- would lead to delay in land acquisition for the Metro project, besides cost escalation. Chief minister Oommen Chandy had convened a meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on February 4 and it’s reliably learnt that he had asked authorities to explore the option of purchasing land rather than acquiring it. However, a final decision is yet to be taken in this regard. But if sanctioned, then land can be purchased the very next day after...

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Kochi metro agrees French loan –

Posted on Feb 11, 2014

NDIA: Kochi Metro Rail Ltd and Agence Française de Développement signed a €180m long-term loan agreement on February 8 to finance the first phase of the Kochi metro. The 25 km elevated north-south line would run from Aluva to Petta with 22 stations. Tenders for 25 standard-gauge cars were invited in October. The project is expected to cost Rs51·7bn. ‘We are very happy that AFD has come forward to fund and assist us in implementing this dream project of Kerala’, said Kochi Metro Rail Managing Director Elias...

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French agency in pact with Kochi Metro – The Hindu Business Line

Posted on Feb 9, 2014

www.mirrealtors.in/Flats-in-Kannur €180 million long-term loan for the first phase Kochi, February 9: The French financial agency Agence Française de Développement (AFD) has signed a project agreement with Kochi Metro Rail Ltd for a €180 million long-term loan for the Kochi Metro Phase-1 project. The agreement was signed by Anne Paugam, Chief Executive Officer of the French Development Agency and Elias George, Managing Director of Kochi Metro Rail Limited, in the presence of Aryadan Mohammed, the State Minister for Power and Railways, and the French Consul Philippe Janvier – Kamiyana. The agreement between AFD and KMRL consists of a €180 million direct sovereign loans aimed at supporting KMRL to implement the first metro line in Kochi, between Aluva and Petta with 22 stations. The financial assistance would also strengthen the institutional framework of the Greater Kochi urban transport sector to...

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