Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said the state government will initiate further steps to execute the extension of the second phase of the Kochi Metro project once it gets necessary clearance from the Centre.
The state was asked to re-submit its Detailed Project Report (DPR) incorporating changes on the basis of the new Metro policy announced by the Centre, Pinarayi said in the legislative assembly while replying to a submission by V P Sajeendran of the Congress.
The DPR, prepared in February this year, is under the state government's consideration, he said.
Further steps with regard to the project will be taken after the report is submitted to the Centre and necessary permission is received, he said.
Administrative sanction for Rs 2,577.25 crore had been granted in May last year and a DPR had been submitted for the Centre's final clearance.
However, the union government had come out with a new metro policy later, he said.
Meanwhile, the state government has sanctioned Rs 189 crore for the initial activities of the second phase of the project from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to Infopark. Administrative nod for land acquisition has also been given, he said.
The district administration was also in the process of initiating steps for the environmental impact study.
For land acquisition, Rs 20 crore has been set apart as per a September 20, 2017 government order, he said.