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Dec 29, 2012, 03.51 PM IST | Source: PTI

YEAR-URBAN 2 LAST

YEAR-URBAN 2 LAST

The foundation-stone of Kochi Metro was laid by Prime The foundation-stone of Kochi Metro was laid by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Kochi in Kerala on September 13. The 25.3 km Kochi Metro Rail Project will be fully elevated and has a total completion cost of Rs. 5,181 crore. The government also decided to expand Metro connection from Dwarka to Najafgarh at a completion cost of Rs 1,070 crore. Apart from this, the extension of Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar metro line to Shiv Vihar was also sanctioned besides extension of Delhi Metro from Mundka to Bahadurgarh, in Haryana. The year also saw preparation of plans for Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) being accorded priority. These corridors are the Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat corridor, the Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar and another one between Delhi- Ghaziabad and Meerut. The ministry further cleared the decks for the Delhi government to regularise 917 unauthorised colonies during the year. Around 40 lakh residents in these colonies are likely to benefit from the regularisation which would entail government spending on civic infrastructure. The Delhi government had completed all the ground work for regularisation of the colonies. The year also witnessed four technical committees of the Delhi Development Authority engaged in reviewing four broad areas of the Delhi Master Plan. Top public servants, town planners, urban designers and architects offered their views on the broad ideas that the improved Master Plan seeks to incorporate. PTI ADS ZMN DV

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