Sreedharan confirms DMRC’s pull-out from LRT projects

Almost four years after it had submitted a detailed project report (DPR) to the Government of Kerala over the Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram Light Rail Transit (LRT) projects, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has finally withdrawn from them.

The move follows the state government’s failure to sign the agreement that was sent by the DMRC fifteen months ago.

The news was confirmed by former DMRC chairman and current Prinicpal Advisor E. Sreedharan.

He said that DMRC had been forced to withdraw due to ‘no progress in work’ despite multiple meetings with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other ministers and bureaucrats.

Sreedharan said that in most cases, approval from the Government of India comes in two years after the DPR is submitted, but state governments usually commence work prior to that.

Kerala had not done it, choosing instead to wait for the Centre’s approval.


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