Light Metro Project To Replace Monorail
On Aug 29, 2014
|Trivandrum: The monorail projects for both Trivandrum and Calicut have been scrapped. A decision to this effect was taken, at a meeting convened by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, by the Board of directors of the Kerala Monorail Corporation Limited (KMCL).
The prohibitive cost quoted by Bombardier Transportation Holdings USA Inc, the lone bidder for the project was cited as the reason. The monorail project was estimated to cost Rs.5581 crores. But even after re tendering twice there was only one interested party – Canadian company Bombardier, which quoted a staggering Rs.10,300 crores.
Minister for Public Works, V K Ebrahim Kunju told that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, who was the general consultant for the monorail project, had been asked to submit the Detailed Project Report for Light Metro in four weeks.
It was in 2011, soon after the Oommen Chandy government assumed office, that the state cabinet gave the nod for a feasibility study for a monorail to be set up in the capital.