The state government has constituted a new high-power committee (HPC) of 10 IAS officers to hasten the construction of metro projects in the city. The committee will meet for the first time on June 21.
Although a HPC has existed since 2014, it did not have the specific mandate to oversee the metro. The new HPC will oversee phase II, phase II-A (KR Puram-Central Silk Board) and phase II-B (airport link) metro projects, which were approved between 2012 and 2019.
The phase II project — costing over Rs 26,000 crore — was scheduled for completion by 2020-21 but it is seeing several hurdles, primarily related to land acquisition and shifting of utilities. Read More