KOCHI METRO RAIL PROJECT
Approved by the authorities with a view to bring down the traffic chaos on the lines of the Delhi Metro project, the Kochi Metro Project now is in a verge of questions with the Planning Commission refusing to approve the project as the Planning Commission wants a Private Public Partnership (PPP) mode on the lines of the now controversial Hyderabad Metro project where as the government of Kerala had decided to implement the project such that 30 per cent of the project cost was to be
borne by the state and central government on a 50:50 basis and the balance amount to be raised as debt from lending agencies.
PUTHUVYPPU A large area of land was accused by the government to set up
LNG TERMINAL the LNG Terminal at Puthuvyppu with a view to expand the Cochin Port Trust for running the export and import business for the state consisting of a Jetty, 2 storage tanks and the regasification facilities – unloading arms, two full containment type LNG tanks, vaporization system, utilities and off-site facilities. The government was neither able to rehabilitate the local residents nor provide them with the minimum amount of money. Above all pollution will be the greatest threat to the
VALLARPADAM CONTAINER TERMINAL
A unique project in infrastructure development, boosting containerization in India, enabling India to move into the top 20 maritime nations, the international container transshipment terminal (ICCT) costing Rs.2,118 crore is proposed to be set up at Vallarpadom as Vallarpadam and the nearby island of puthuvypeen hold great development potential being close to the international east-west trade route between Asia and Europe.
UNCOMPLETED PROJECTS IN KOCHI
Three years after the completion of a major portion the Pulleppady rail overbridge, linking the east and west halves of the city awaits commissioning as twenty-five meters of the bridge remain to be completed by the Railways. Besides the National Highways at the Kundannoor, Vyttila and Palarivattam junctions, Rail overbridges at Ponnurunny, Atlantis and Vaduthala-Pacchalam have not even been taken up despite their importance to the growth of the city.
NON ADHERENCE TO ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS
Lack of proper transport facilities, traffic system, development of roads, clogging of drainage systems, unhygienic surroundings, environmental pollution are the results of lack of planning affecting the health of the people. Disposal of waste is the main issue been faced by the city especially the the disposal of waste at kallamassery and the Bhrahmapuram project getting delayed. Periyar and Chaliyar are the most prone area to pollution due to industrial waste. Hundreds of residents in the Eloor region are once again facing the problem of pollution in drinking water due to increase in pollutants in the kaamessery-Manjummel branch of the periya besides the pollutants from the lorries were emptied into the river during the night hours, resulting in the foul odor and change in color of the drinking water. A problem to be solved at is fulfillment to a dream of clean and green Kochi.
Loosing agricultural areas especially the paddy fields not only decreases the production and area under paddy but also will increase the dependency of the state on others and related issues.
Due to the problems of security and issues based on ecological threats the implementation of the idea of Smart City seems to be in dilemma the completion of which will turn Kochi as the IT hub of India
Railways There is a proposal for a stop near to Vyttila Junction. One study shows that 80 percentage of passengers get down at both north and South railway stations move eastwards taking the over bridges causing more traffic congestion in the city
Cochin Port Development plans for developing Cochin port as the major international destination for cargo movement.
National Highway 49
Need to be widened and executed at the priority level
Cochin requires a commando unit to protect itself from the external threats
JNNURM Reforms and infrastructural development in Cochin city
Water Supply Water supply projects to ensure sustained supply of water to all
Develop Kollam to Kottapuram water way for the travel and cargo uses.
Power/ Energy Creation of more generating capacity in order to meet the requirements in industry
Land Acquisition act
Need to incorporate the necessary changes so that the cost of project shall be set up apart for rehabilitation
The increasing number of migrants to the city as a result of the unprecedented increase in the construction sector, problem of child labour and the growth of poverty are the other important issues facing the city.
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