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Congress urges Vijayan to start Light Metro project

IANS  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Ramesh on Saturday urged Chief Minister to start the Light Metro project at the earliest, two days after Metroman announced that the DMRC was exiting it.

On Thursday, a peeved went public to say that the government failed to sign an agreement with the Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) even 14 months after it was awarded the project.

Chennithala, in an open letter, said the people of are "sad to hear that and DMRC had no option but to exit the proposed Light Metro projects" at Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode as the government was silent to repeated demands on going forward with the project.

He said the projects would have ended the traffic woes.

"It should be noted that when continued to remain a dream, it was who made that into a reality... it beceme the fastest completed metro project in the country.

"It's unfortunate that had to withdraw from a project in his own state and it's a shame for our state... in all fairness to him, you should ask and the DMRC to return and take up the work at the earliest," said in his letter.

told the media in on Saturday that no one has any doubts on the credentials of and the only issue was that one has to be extremely cautious on major infrastructure projects.

"We have seen in the past that investment-heavy projects later become a burden to the state exchequer with regards to its sustainability and this has been even pointed out by the courts. Vizhinjam port project is one such case. The state and the Centre are presently reviewing the metro projects and once that is done, further action would be taken," said Issac.

The Light Metro project was budgeted at Rs 6,728 crore, with 60 per cent of the funds to come from foreign funding agencies at a low rate of interest, and 20 per cent each from the state and the Centre.



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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 17:52 IST