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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is all set to become Metro-equipped. On Wednesday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy approved Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as the implementing agency and gave administrative sanction for the proposed Light Metro project in Kozhikode and the state capital.

Oommen Chandy
Oommen Chandy

Speaking to reporters, Chandy said all issues over the project have been cleared and the state government will now write a fresh letter to the central government seeking the in-principle clearance for the project.

“The previous letter to the central government did not have clarity but now with the administrative sanction also given by the cabinet, all issues have been cleared, including handing over the project to be overseen by the DMRC,” said Chandy.

The project is expected to ease the traffic in the busy capital city and Kozhikode.

‘Metro Man’ E. Sreedharan, advisor to DMRC, would be overseeing the project and 40 percent of the cost is expected to be shared equally by the state and central governments and the rest through loans from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with very low rates of interest.

Initially, Sreedharan had suggested for Mono Rail projects in these two cities and after starting the preliminary paper work for it, it was cancelled as doubts were raised about the financial viability.

He later suggested the Light Metro mode and it ran into problems after a section of the bureaucracy didn’t appear very keen and it was only after numerous rounds of talks and a huge pressure from various political parties backing Sreedharan, the project got its final nod.

 

With inputs from IANS

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Uber Partners With DMRC For Kiosks in 50 Stations

"By making it easy to travel to and from metro stations, we can alleviate the need for parking and make first and last mile connectivity more seamless," Kannan added

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Uber partners with DMRC for kiosks in 50 stations by H1 2019. VOA

Ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday said it entered into the second-phase of its partnership with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to set up kiosks in 50 more metro stations by the first half of 2019.

The first phase of the partnership between Uber and DMRC, which is aimed at improving first-mile/last-mile connectivity for the riders, kicked off recently where kiosks were set up at Sikanderpur, Dwarka Sec-21 and Rajiv Chowk metro stations.

As part of this partnership, Uber will set up kiosks across designated metro stations to facilitate riders to book an Uber ride even without the mobile app.

Uber said it would also place signages at selected locations in the stations and have an ear-marked area for Driver-Partners that will help create a dedicated pick-up area.

“DMRC has always kept the interest of its commuters at the centre of its functioning. Our agenda is to make mobility seamless by providing access to feeder transportation and to help our passengers reach their ultimate destinations,” Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC, said in a statement.

This is Uber’s third initiative in 2018 to facilitate easy commute options to metro riders.

“With this collaborative partnership with cab aggregators like Uber and Ola, we are looking forward to encouraging more and more people to use the Metro and have ease of access for the last mile connectivity,” Singh added.

This is Uber’s third initiative in 2018 to facilitate easy commute options to metro riders. The previous two partnerships were with Hyderabad Rail Metro Limited and Kochi Rail Metro Corporation.

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“At Uber, we have always believed that complementing public transit infrastructure with Uber’s convenient and reliable rides can make cities more accessible and sustainable,” said Madhu Kannan, Chief Business Officer, Asia Pacific, Uber.

“By making it easy to travel to and from metro stations, we can alleviate the need for parking and make first and last mile connectivity more seamless,” Kannan added. (IANS)