Kochi: The Japan International Cooperation Agency, the institution expected to fund Kochi Metro Rail Project, on Saturday asked Kochi Metro Rail Corporation to ensure the support of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

Speaking to reporters after a preliminary study of the project site and holding discussions with KMRC officials here, Head of the JICA fact finding team Takeshi Fukayama said the technical parameters of the project was in line with that of JICA.

However, he said the detailed project report needed some changes on certain technical aspects.  "DMRC has an expertise in implementing the project and so, KMRC should take their support executing the project," he said.

"KMRC should use the expertise of DMRC for implementing the project," he added. Kochi Metro also needed technical support of Japan in completing the project, he said. Kochi Metro Managing Director Elias George said the Corporation would address the issue of Environment impact study as suggested by JICA. "Environment impact study of dislocated people is mandatory for all the JICA aided projects", he said.

Expressing hope that the JICA loan component would be through within in one year, George said, "KMRC has ensured the support of DMRC in implementing the project." George also said the JICA's team visit was only the first of the series of evaluations before actual sanction of the loan.

The 27-km long Kochi metro is expected to cost Rs 5,225 crore and more than Rs 2,000 crore is the expected loan from JICA.


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