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Dec 04 2016 (18:00)  KMRL moots light rail for Fort Kochi (
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KOCHI: Giving an overall picture of Kochi Metro Rail Ltd's (KMRL) activities, the agency presented its idea of putting in place `at grade' light rail transport in Fort Kochi and neighbouring areas. This is being considered as part of the plan to extend Metro to west Kochi. The idea was presented at a meeting held with peoples' representatives from areas around Kochi Metro and Water Metro corridors and Cochin Smart City areas on Saturday.
The `at grade' light rail transport - which does not require the construction of large viaducts like that of the Metro - is suitable for the thickly-populated west Kochi regions. It operates at terrain level just beside other traffic and pedestrian movement. And, the construction cost would be
After the meeting, MLA KJ Maxy (representing Kochi) said: "KMRL is considering a tram-like system for Fort Kochi and Perumbalam. The tracks would be laid on roads, and the carriages would move alongside other vehicles."
However, KMRL has not taken a final decision. "We have mooted an idea, and a preliminary study has been done. We are looking at latest technologies and various aspects have to be considered before taking a decision," said the spokesperson.
The meeting was convened as the people's representatives demanded an update on the progress of Metro, Water Metro project and the Smart City.They also sought more information on attempts to bring private bus owners in the city on one platform.It was attended by public accounts committee chairman and MP KV Thomas, MLAs VD Satheesan, PT Thomas, Anwar Sadath, VK Ebrahim Kunju, Hibi Eden and mayor Soumini Jain.
MLA PT Thomas said that the chief minister had agreed to convene a meeting on December 11 to evaluate work progress. "State government and KMRL should take initiative to hasten extension of the project to Kakkanad, complete land acquisition for Pettah," he said, adding that KMRL will construct mobility hubs in 12 suburbs, including Aroor and Kodunganoor."
KMRL MD and Smart City CEO Elias George explained the status of the projects and discussed plans for a unified metropolitan transport authority (UMTA), the comprehensive mobility plan as well as KMRL's plan for an integrated transportation network. "The MLAs were focusing on development activities in their respective constituencies and some of them even gave suggestions," he said.
The office of KV Thomas maintained that no new decisions were taken at the meeting.
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