Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Nod for initial works on Kochi metro

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Cabinet on Wednesday gave the green signal to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to start preparatory works for the Kochi Metro Rail Project.

Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan told the media after a Cabinet meeting that the DMRC would undertake works such as widening of roads and construction of road over-bridges for the metro now. It would be paid six per cent of the cost of the works as its fee.

The Chief Minister said the project had received general clearance from the Centre. Some specific clearance could be obtained in due course.

Mr. Achuthanandan announced that the income limit for the dying-in-harness scheme would be raised to Rs.4.5 lakh a year. Married sons and daughters of employees dying in harness would also be included among persons eligible for jobs in government service under the scheme, subject to certain conditions.

He announced that appointments in Kerala Feeds Limited would be entrusted to the Public Service Commission. The wages of daily workers in the Fisheries Department would be raised from Rs.120 to Rs.180 a day

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