HYDERABAD:  The Andhra Pradesh government today asked former Delhi Metro Rail Chief E Sreedharan to complete the first phase of Vijayawada Metro Rail Project by August 2018 and Visakhapatnam Metro Rail Project by December 2018.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in a meeting with Mr Sreedharan said the project can be executed with the support of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), a press release said.

Mr Naidu suggested that the DMRC team can prepare a process chart to enable the government to keep track of the progress of the Metro Rail project on a monthly basis.

"We should expedite the process of setting up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) and appoint a permanent officer who will monitor the progress of the project," the Chief Minister said.

Further, the Chief Minister also suggested Mr Sreedharan and his team of officials to expedite the process of procuring land for the project.

On the sidelines, he also asked Mr Sreedharan to explore the possibility of Metro Rail Project for the capital city of Amaravati.

"We will meet again on September 9 in Vijayawada and decide on when to lay the foundation stone and other issues related to the project," the Chief Minister said.

He also asked Mr Sreedharan to explore the possibility of Light Road Transport System (LRT) in the state.


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