Representative image | Photo: Muralikrishnan B/ Mathrubhumi
Kochi: Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) will prepare a comprehensive transport project for the envisioned metro projects in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.
The Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) has been tasked with preparing the project, which includes assessing suitable metro systems for these cities.
A detailed project report will be prepared upon the submission of a comprehensive transport plan by March. Meanwhile, authorities will begin the preparatory works for metro projects, including issuing a tender for flyover construction at Sreekaryam.
KMRL Managing Director Loknath Behra has sought the support of district administration and mayors of both cities to complete the project.
The metro system ideal for a city is identified based on the number of passengers. Earlier, it was suggested that Metro Neo or Metrolite projects should be implemented in Kozhikode since a conventional metro project will cost around Rs 200 crore per kilometre. The cost of Light Metro has been estimated at Rs 150 crore per km and Metro Neo at Rs 60 crore.