Coimbatore (CBE): The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has urged the State Government to initiate steps to have the metro rail project implemented in Coimbatore. In a release, the party’s State Youth Wing Secretary V.Easwaran said that the steps should be in such a way that at least by next the Central Government sanctioned money for a preparing a detailed project report for the city.
Thus far the Central Government had not sanctioned money because the State Government had not taken any steps, though the former had clearly stated in 2011 that if state governments were to come forward and make a recommendation for metro rails it was ready to consider the same.
As part of the 2011 announcement, the Central Government said that Ahmedabad, Pune, Surat, Jaipur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Nagpur, Indore, Coimbatore, Kochi, Patna and Calicut were the cities that were eligible for the metro rail system.
For Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Pune and Ludhiana the state governments had prepared and submitted the detailed project reports.
That was why the Central Government had allocated money for the project in Lucknow and Ahmedabad in this Union Budget.
In fact, in all the 19 cities except Coimbatore the preparatory work had begun.
The work had also begun in Kochi, though it was only next in the line after Coimbatore. Therefore, without wasting any further time, the State Government must take action.
It must also not insist that it would only propose a mono rail system for the city, Mr. Easwaran argued and pointed out that ‘Metro Man’ E. Sreedharan, during his visit to Coimbatore, had suggested only metro rail and not mono rail for the city.
Reiterating his demand, Mr. Easwaran said that the State Government must ensure that the next year’s Union Budget had allocation for the metro rail project for Coimbatore.