Water Metro gears up for final nod


Water Metro gears up for final nod

As Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) goes ahead with its plans to execute the Water Metro project, general manager Shaji P Janardanan informed that the approval process is in its last phase. KMRL’s integratedwater transport project is expected to cover 15 routes spread across 76km with 78 boats and 45 terminals.

“EIA (environment impact assessment) study is in the last phase. Wildlife clearance is pending before the principal chief conservator of forests, Thiruvananthapuram. Mandatory public hearing has been completed and applications have been submitted to archaeological survey of India (ASI) and state coastal zone regulatory authority. Once state-level approvals are secured, it will be forwarded to central government for final approval,” he said.

On Monday, the Metro agency conducted a public hearing to gather public opinion in the areas that would be connected by the project. Janardanan made a detailed presentation with updated status in all areas.

He said that necessary surveys and studies required for the project were underway whereas Bathymetry survey (underwater depth study) hadbeen completed. Geotechnical and topography surveys had been done for phase-I of the project. Read More

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