Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) has been granted Rs 102 crore by the Kerala government to acquire land for Kochi Metro phase 2 project. This will help accelerate the work on the Kochi Metro network’s phase 2, which connects JLN stadium to Infopark, Kakkanad. As per KMRL officials, land acquisition for road widening on the Palarivattom to Vazhakala, Kakkanad section will be completed by January 2023. The work is expected to start soon.
As per a KMRL official, the Kerala government handed over the pending amount of Rs 102 crore for preparatory work of Metro phase 2. More than 75% of the work on the 11.25-km section involves road widening, the process was held up owing to the delay in receiving the funds.
The preparatory work on the Seaport-Airport Road between Chittethukakra and CSEZ has been underway. However, there were delays in acquiring land on the Vazhakkala-Chembumukku stretch. As the stretch is mainly occupied by shops, the agency could not begin the road widening works unless the landowners were compensated.
The district administration will also expedite land transfer to KMRL, as four Metro stations along the stretch will be constructed on land owned by the government or government-affiliated organisations. Tender work for a general consultant will be opened, and document preparation will begin with civil work in progress.
With the development of phase 2 Metro, 11 stations will be added to the Kochi metro route, which will cost about Rs 1,957 crore. The central government will announce details of the funding agency.