Kochi: Metro Man E Sreedharan stated that he planned to complete the reconstruction of Palarivattom flyover without any additional expenditure. DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) will not be able to take over the construction of the flyover as it was delayed indefinitely due to the unnecessary intervention of many associations. If they were not intervened, the work would have been complete by June, Sreedharan, who is also the chief advisor to DMRC, told Mathrubhumi.
DMRC has saved the fund remained after the construction of flyovers in Ernakulam North, Pachalam, Edappally and Kozhikode Panniyankara was completed. Around Rs 20 crore is saved by DMRC on this account. Though DMRC returned this amount to the government, the cheque bounced due to technical issues.
Amid this, reconstruction of Palarivattom flyover was proposed. Hence, DMRC informed the government that the work will be completed with this amount and no fund is required from the state government. But as many associations intervened in the work, DMRC failed to start the reconstruction.
DMRC aimed to start the work in October 2019 and complete by June 2020. Now, a case on the reconstruction of the flyover is under consideration of the Supreme Court. DMRC had prepared a plan and estimate for Palarivattom flyover.
A letter was sent to PWD minister seeking his direction to hand over these items and the fund. But the state government asserted that a decision in this regard will be taken as per the SC order.
DMRC office in Kochi will be operational till September 30. Hence, DMRC will not be able to carry out the flyover work anymore, said Sreedharan.
He also revealed that DMRC had made preparations for the reconstruction of Palarivattom flyover. Apart from plan and estimate, even the land for casting yard was identified.
Earlier, a land possessed by HMT was used as casting yard for constructing the girders of the metro. This land was not returned to HMT as there was a plan to construct girders for Palarivattom flyover here. This land will be handed over to HMT soon, added Sreedharan.