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Denial of permission for metro rail arbitrary: jurist

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Union Cabinet delaying project, says MP

KOCHI: The former judge of the Supreme Court V.R. Krishna Iyer on Saturday said that the Centre's denial of permission for the Kochi metro rail project is arbitrary and hence unconstitutional.

By withholding permission for the system of mass rapid transport, the Centre is hampering people's freedom of movement in the extremely-congested city, Mr. Iyer said.

Speaking after inaugurating a people's convention organised by the CPI(M) here to protest against the Centre's apathy towards the project and also long-overdue overbridge/flyover proposals in the city, he said the Centre is duty-bound to speed up these projects that would considerably ease commuting in Kochi.

“The Centre is obliged to provide funds for the projects since Kochi is among the most important cities in the country, being home to the Southern Naval Command, the Cochin Shipyard, a container transhipment terminal/port and an international airport. It is also a prominent tourism destination.”

The metro rail project would invariably come through, despite protests raised by a section of merchants.

PM's promise

Presenting the topic, P. Rajeev, MP said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had promised to speed up the metro rail project as his ‘personal responsibility', when Mr. Iyer and he had met him.

“He also promised to hasten the long-pending flyover proposals in Edappally, Palarivattom, Vytilla and Kundanoor junctions. The Union Cabinet is delaying the metro project, despite Kerala having a host of Union Ministers, two of them from Kochi. The UPA government had even included it in the projects to be sanctioned within the first 100 days of assuming office.”

The State government had set apart Rs 158 crore to widen narrow roads and to rebuild narrow bridges, so that traffic would not be affected when work on the metro project is on. The opening of shopping malls along the NH bypass, the Vallarpadam international container transhipment project and the LNG terminal would soon worsen the traffic chaos in the city and the suburbs.

Workers and others are unnecessarily losing precious time in commuting, Mr. Rajeev said. Mayor Mercy Williams said that people have begun to demand extension of the Aluva-Ernakulam-Pettah alignment of the metro rail to the airport and to Thripunithura.

Human chain

The CPI(M) would organise a human chain in the city on August 13 evening, calling the Centre's attention to the Kochi metro rail project, said the party's district secretary Gopi Kottamurikkal.

A host of leaders, including Politbureau member Sitaram Yechury, Ministers and MPs are expected to participate.

The party's district secretariat member K.J. Jacob said that the metro rail project and a user-friendly public transport system would help ease the maddening traffic snarls in Kochi.

Former MP, Sebastian Paul, literary critic M.K. Sanu and representatives of merchants' organisations too spoke.

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