2012 saw 2-year extension to unfinished projects under JNNURM
For the urban development ministry, led by Kamal Nath, the Airport Metro Express came not just as an embarrassment but also a challenge.
The service was closed on July 8 and a blame game between the concessionaire Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Limited and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) seemed to be brewing up when the ministry had to step.
Though the ministry managed to get the faults repaired, after nearly six months of closure it appears that the high speed metro line will function only in the new year, and chances are that it will be at a reduced speed.
During the year, the country's flagship infrastructure scheme the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) also completed its normal tenure of five years.
However, with a vast number of infrastructure projects still to complete, the ministry decided and got a two-year extension for ongoing projects. The ministry also began work to finalise the details of the second phase of JNNURM.
Several metro projects witnessed significant progress in implementation across the country including in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Jaipur.
The foundation-stone of Kochi Metro was laid by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Kochi in Kerala on September 13. The 25.3 km Kochi Metro Rail Project will be fully elevated and has a
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