Central nod to Chennai-model Kochi Metro rail

Chennai-model Kochi Metro railThe Ministry of Urban Development has reportedly given approval to model the Kochi Metro rail on the lines of Chennai Metro rail.

A draft in this regard has been prepared by the Cabinet.

There will be no private participation in the project. The amount which was earmarked for the project will be increased to Rs. 5,016 crore from Rs. 1,886 crore, as 51 percentage of the amount will be taken by way of loan.

The project will be submitted before the Cabinet only after receiving a nod from the Finance Ministry.

Kochi SmartCity commences; phase-1 to be completed in 2 yrs

KOCHI: Construction of the much delayed Rs 2,000 crore SmartCity project at the nearby Kakkanad commenced today and the first phase is expected to be completed in two years.

Within 24 months the project's first phase would be ready and is expected to provide about 7,000 jobs, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said after performing the "ground breaking ceremony" of the 6,000 sq ft pavillion building, which will be completed within 14 weeks.

The SmartCity