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The Kerala Government removed Mohammed Hanish from the post of Managing Director of the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) and Chief Secretary Tom Jose took over the charge of Managing Director until the new appointment has been made.
Tom Jose was Kochi Metro’s first managing director and he is very keen on various projects being implemented by Kochi Metro Rail Limited. The KMRL has recently celebrated its second anniversary on completion of two years of metro services in the city.
Hanish was appointed as Managing Director in KMRL after the exit of Elias George from the post in November 2017. The unexpected decision to remove Mohammad Hanish from the post came after controversies erupted over construction defects of Palarivattom flyover. The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau had named Hanish as one of the accused in the case. During the construction of Palarivattom flyover, Mohammad Hanish was the Managing Director of Road & Bridge Development Corporation of Kerala.
It is learned that the KMRL has planned a slew of projects, including, Water Metro, the black remark would adversely affect the metro project.
It is also learned that the Kochi Metro all set to extend its service up to Thykkoodam by next month i.e. July, the government cannot keep the post vacant for long. However, many names, including that of Tom Jose, are being considered for the post of next MD.
Sources said that the Kochi Water Metro Project will be rolled out next year. The canal revitalization project is also being implemented by the Kochi Metro Rail Limited. Apart from this the Kochi Metro Phase II till Kakkanad will have to be launched in next year. Hence, only an experienced officer can handle the post.
The Managing Director of Kochi Metro Rail Limited is also the chairman of Kochi Smart City under the 100 Smart Cities Mission of the Central Government. The Kerala Government is also working on the implementation of the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) Act soon and once the UMTA comes into effect, the Kochi Metro Rail Limited will be the umbrella body which will control all major transport and infrastructure development projects of Kochi. It is indeed a plum post, but quite challenging as well.
This article first appeared on urbantransportnews.com
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