Trivandrum: The city's dream project, the 42 kilometre monorail from Pallipuram to Neyyatinkara has gone kaput. Last month E Sreedharan, Chief of DMRC, while submitting the report on Kozhikode Monorail, refrained from mentioning anything about the monorail project envisioned for the capital city. Instead, Sreedharan expressed his doubts about the feasibility of monorail for a growing city like Trivandrum.
In the days that followed, Trivandrum was enjoined with a metro railway and then with magnetic levitation trains, but all these remained just rumours.
DMRC was to have submitted their report on the best feasible Mass Rapid Transit System for Trivandrum city by the second week of July. But none of the concerned authorities are prepared to make anything clear about the project as of now.
“Discussions are going on and it is unclear as to where the project stands at the moment,” says Satya Prasad, Joint Secretary, Transport Department.
The only thing he had to add was that the decisions regarding the monorail project were to be made by the people at the top, who can't be reached.
The Kochi office of DMRC isn't aware of having anything to do with a monorail project for Trivandrum either.
“According to what I have here, we are acting consultants to the Kochi Metro rail project, the Monorail project for Kozhikode and the High Speed Rail Corridor between Trivandrum and Kasargod. There is nothing about the Trivandrum monorail,” the office spokesperson at the DMRC Kochi Office informed Yentha.
The feasibility study of monorail was actually conducted for Trivandrum by NATPAC and submitted to the government in March this year. But the report failed to impress E Sreedharan, who then hinted at a metro rail project for Trivandrum, which had raised some eyebrows at the time, since DMRC in their feasibility study in 2008-2009 had written off the need for the city to have any type of Mass Rapid Transit System.
No Monorail For Trivandrum
On Jul 30, 2012