THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC), the agency engaged by the state government, will submit the Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode by August 20.
NATPAC Director B G Sreedevi told DC that the mobility plan, a mandatory document to get financial aid from the Centre, would be finalised and submitted to the government before Onam.
She said that the state holders meeting for Kozhikode would be held on August 15.
“Both the plans are in its final stages and the stake holders meetings for Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode would be held in the coming weeks and we would submit the plans before Onam holidays kick off,” said Sreedevi.
However the decision of the state government to give administrative sanction for light metro projects only after getting clearance from the Centre has put the authorities in trouble.
Sources said that the finance department and a couple of bureaucrats are strongly against the projects and want to delay it inordinately.
“The decision of the cabinet is not clear and we are yet to get the government order approving the detailed project reports. We have no idea on the plans of the government. A decision is yet to be taken on the involvement of DMRC. Though the Chief Minister claims to implement the projects on the lines of Kochi Metro we all are still in the dark,” Sources said.
Official sources say that without appointing the turn key consultant, land acquisition is not going to happened. “Waiting for one or two years to get 20 percent viability gap funds from the Centre is a foolish decision,” said the source.