Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan on Saturday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take steps to remove the hurdles before the proposed metro rail project at Kochi.
In a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister, he said the project was getting inordinately delayed due to lack of clearance from the Finance Ministry. The project had already been cleared by Planning Commission and Union Urban Development ministry, he said.
The Chief Minister also wanted the centre to approve the state's demand that the project be implemented on the lines of the Delhi metro rail. Traffic congestion in Kochi city would increase with the coming up of various development projects including the Vallarpadam container terminal, he pointed out.
The state government had already initiated preliminary work for the project at a cost of Rs 158.68 crore, he said in the memorandum.
Achuthanandan also submitted another memorandum to the Prime Minister seeking immediate approval for the proposed coach factory at Palakkad. A total of 430.59 acres of land had been identified by the state government to be handed over to the Railways for the factory, of which 429.27 acres had aready been acquired.
Though the state wanted the factory to be set up in the public sector, the Railway ministry was for a joint venture for its construction.
The state government had accordingly fixed the lease amount for the land being made available for Railways and informed the authorities. However, the Railways had not taken further steps on the matter, the Chief Minister pointed out.