Kerala’s First Metro Rail Flagged Off By PM Modi

PM Modi flagged off Kochi Metro rail on Saturday which is first metro rail in Kerala.

Kochi: PM Narendra Modi started first metro rail in Kochi, Kerala’s first metro rail project, by flagging it off and he also took an inaugural ride on board with CM Vijayan and Meto genius Sreedharan.

Much awaited project from Palarivattom station to JLN stadum is the first ride of the train after Modi cut off the ribbon.
Country’s first integrated multi-model transport system will ease the traffic congestion in Kochi which is said to be the biggest commercial hub of Kerala.

According to the Kochi Metro officials, first phase will stretch for about 13 kms which will enhance the quality of life of Kochi people by providing regional connectivity reducing traffic congestion, air and noise pollution.

For managing station operations, women were recruited in large number in the name of KUDUMBASHREE which will provide customer relations, crowd management, Housekeeping, catering services.

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SC Tells State To Acquire Properties Hit By Metro works

Hyderabad: Hyderabad Metro Rail project has got a major relief in Supreme Court on Saturday in connection with the acquisition of certain properties in Nampally and other areas.

While land acquisition awards were passed by the revenue authorities under the old Land Acquisition Act in the third week of December 2013, the owners of these properties moved the High Court that the awards were predated and that they should be paid compensation as per the new LA Act which came into force from January 2014.

Though the HC observed that the awards were not predated and that they were correctly passed, it nevertheless asked the government to pay compensation as per the new 2013 LA Act. Challenging the HC order in the Supreme Court, HMRL and the Government of Telangana requested the SC to allow them to take possession of the affected properties as per compensation pattern under the old Act and assured the SC that they would pay compensation as per the final judgment of the SC regarding applicability of the old or the new LA Act.

Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar and Advocate General of Telangana K. Ramakrishna Reddy argued the case on behalf of Government of Telangana and HMRL.

After hearing their arguments and the assurance given by the Advocate General, the SC allowed the State government to take possession of the affected properties and proceed with the Metro Rail project works, subject to payment of compensation as per the final judgment. With this, the balance 11 affected properties in Nampally and Ameerpet will be taken possession and the Metro Rail works in these areas will be speeded up, said NVS Reddy, MD of HMRL. 

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Tax Payers Oppose Metro Rail For Vijayawada

Amaravati: The Tax Payers Association on Friday opposed the proposed Metro Rail project for the city.

Speaking to media persons, Tax Payers Association president V Sambi Reddy and secretary M V Anjaneyulu, said that the metro rail project is suitable to the major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad and where the distance from one end of the city to the other end is around 100 kilometers, while it is just 10 km in Vijayawada. The metro rail for Vijayawada is not viable, they said and sought to advise the government to extend it to the closest towns around the city to make it viable and useful for the people.

They said that the proposed two routes from the Pundit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS), on Bandar Road and Eluru Road, which are around 10 km to 12 km. Instead, the Tax Payers advised the government and the metro rail project management to have six routes from PNBS to Nuzvid, Autapalli, Mylavaram, Kankipadu, Nandigama and Amaravati to be viable and useful for the people. They said that the project would cost more for the government and the Metro rail project if it is executed on the city roads as land acquisition cost would be high. Instead, it would cost less if the above six routes are preferred and the metro rail project is planned on the alternative routes.

The Tax Payers said that the traffic in Vijayawada city would be free once the flyovers at Kanakadurga Temple and Benz Circle are completed. Besides, they requested the government to provide road over and road under bridges at important junctions in the city to ease the traffic flow. They wanted the government to go for another flyover across the railway track from Chittinagar to Kedareswarapet across the railway lines to have free flow of traffic in the city.

The tax payers said that the proposal to have three bridges across river Krishna connecting Amaravati would further ease the traffic flow in the new capital and that would make the metro unviable.

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Vijayawada gears up for Metro Rail Project, set to divert vehicular traffic


Vijayawada: The Vijayawada city is getting ready for its prestigious Metro Rail Project, which would have two corridors – one on M G Road and the other on Karl Marx Road (Eluru Road). The two-corridor project would have its main station at Nidamanuru for which the district administration had identified the land and initiated steps to acquire it. Though the farmers from Nidamanuru village have been opposing the land acquisition, the administration is going ahead with the project. On Friday, Krishna district Collector Babu Ahmad held a meeting with the district officials on the alternative arrangements to be made for vehicular traffic diversion to facilitate the work on the metro rail project.

In addition to the metro rail project, the city is set to witness the work on the flyover at Benz Circle. This would be in addition to the flyover works in progress at Kanakadurga temple and expansion of the national highway at Krishnalanka, which are causing diversion of the vehicular traffic in the respective areas. Once the metro rail project works begin on the two major roads – M G Road and Eluru Road, the vehicular traffic is set to have a big trouble giving a toughest time for the citizens. The vehicular traffic on the Chennai-Kolkata and Hyderabad-Machilipatnam too would have to be diverted without touching the city once the flyover works at Benz Circle begin. The city provides connectivity to the vehicular traffic on the two national highways moving on Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad sectors. The Hyderabad sector would have vehicles coming from Mumbai and Nagapur heading either to Chennai or Kolkata that are to be diverted without touching the city.

The Metro rail project on M G Road would be built from Pundit Nehru Bus Station to Penamaluru, while the second sector would be built from bus station to Nidamanuru.

The district Collector had instructed the officials of the Panchayat Raj, Roads and Buildings, Municipal Corporation, national highways and irrigation to provide alternative roads for the vehicular movement from the two major roads once the works begin. The M G Road with highest vehicular population has two alternative roads, Krishnalanka Road and Pinnamaneni Poly Clinic Road, which are already congested. The Eluru road also has two alternative roads – Christurajapuram-Mogalrajapuram road and the BRTS Road. Vehicular traffic from these two busy roads are to be diverted to facilitate the Metro rail project.

The district Collector had directed the officials, particularly the Municipal and the Police to ensure that there would be no traffic problem on these roads once the traffic is diverted. He wanted the police to ensure that enough number of personnel are posted to regulate the traffic.

Krishna district joint collector Gandham Chandrudu, Municipal Commissioner G Veerapandian, revenue divisional officer Cherukuri Rangaiah, Sub-Collector Balaji and other officials were present at the review meeting.


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