KOCHI: Fisheries Minister S. Sarma has said that the State has received expert legal opinion against going back, in any manner, on the agreement entered into with SmartCity, promoters of the proposed knowledge hub project in Kochi.
Talking to presspersons on the sidelines of the distribution of Matsya Kerala Award 2010 and a fish farmers gathering here on Saturday, Mr. Sarma, who chairs SmartCity Kochi, said SmartCity and the State government were remaining firm on their respective positions.
He said SmartCity had been asked to execute the project in keeping with the provisions of the agreement. If the company was not ready to do so, the government would take appropriate steps. However, a final decision on the project was yet to be taken.
He expressed hope that the Kochi Metro Rail project would be implemented with assistance from the Union government. The Chief Minister had held discussions with Union Minister for Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy on the project. He hoped that Central assistance would be forthcoming.