Behera, a former police chief, will take over as Kochi Metro’s MD

Lokanath Behera, the former Kerala Police Commissioner, has been appointed as the Managing Director of Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL).

On Tuesday, the State Cabinet decided to appoint Behera for a three-year term.

Another significant decision made in the cabinet concerned land acquisition for the semi-high-speed railway line project.

Once the railway board approves, the process of acquiring 955.13 hectares from various villages in the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Kannur, and Kasaragod will begin.

It was also decided to establish an Anomaly Rectification Cell in the finance department to resolve issues concerning the salary revision of government employees.

The cabinet has also approved the digital re-survey work in the state’s 1,550 villages. The project, which will cost Rs 807.98 crore, will be completed in four phases.

The cabinet has decided to sanction Rs 339.438 crore for the initial phase of the Rebuild Kerala Initiative.

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