Monday, February 18, 2008

Kochi Metro may extend to Nedumbaserry

The Kerala Government has asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to consider extending the proposed Kochi Metro to the Nedumbaserry International Airport as that would generate more revenue while incurring only a minimal increase in cost.

State Fisheries and Registration Minister S Sarma told reporters here today that a team of DMRC officials had conducted a site survey of the proposed three km extension from Aluva to the airport this morning.

''Prima facie, they have not found any obstacles to extend the metro to the airport. The team will submit its report to the higher authorities in DMRC. The State Government will also write to the DMRC on this,'' Mr Sarma said.

As per the present alignment, the Kochi Metro rail would run from Aluva to Tripunithura, a route of 25.3 km, at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore. According to reports, the extension of the metro to Nedumbaserry would entail an additional cost of Rs 300 crore. On the Vallarpadam issue, Mr Sarma said the State Government had decided to request the Centre to provide jobs to members of the families being displaced by the international container transshipment terminal. On being asked about the Thrissur vigilance court ordering an inquiry into the lowering of registration fee in the controversial HMT land deal, Mr Sarma said the State Government would inquire into the matter and if any irregularity was found, action would be taken against the officials concerned.


The Kochi Metro Rail

Land acquisition to cost Rs.100 crore

25 acres for coach servicing depot at Muttom

Land acquisition to be completed within eight months


KOCHI: The Kochi metro rail project received a shot in the arm on Friday with two officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) conducting an inspection of the project route jointly with Revenue officials.

The DMRC officials — Kumar Kesav, chief project manager, and V.C. Koshy, executive engineer, along with other officials, inspected the section from the Aluva railway station area (where the proposed rail will begin) to Edapally. The team will begin inspection of the section from Pettah, the other end of the proposed alignment, on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, the DMRC officials held a discussion with District Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish. R. Ramadevi, deputy collector (Land Acquisition), and T.K. Baby, special tahsildar (Land Acquisition) for the metro rail project, were also present. “The inspection of the entire project area of 25.3 km will be completed in two days.

The District Collector said the exercise would help in marking the exact area for the project. Twenty-five acres of land at Muttom would be used to construct a coach-servicing depot,” he said.

Mr. Hanish said only portions of some buildings located very close to the road would be pulled down for land acquisition.

The acquisition will be completed within 7 to 8 months. A good portion of the acquired land will be used to build stations, planned every kilometre. The State government has sanctioned Rs.1 crore for the preliminary expenses for the acquisition process. The total cost for land acquisition is estimated between Rs. 75 crore and Rs. 100 crore.

He said of the total land required for the project, 41 acres was under private ownership and was spread over seven villages — Thripunithura, Elamkulam, Ernakulam, Edappally North and South, Thrikkakkara North and Aluva West. The ‘6.1 notification’ under the Survey and Borders Act had been issued in Ernakulam village, enabling the survey and inspection process.

Mr. Kesav informed the Collector that as such, there was no change in the alignment of the project. The Collector spoke of the need to have an authorised representative of the DMRC stationed in the city. He said Central assistance for the project was under the consideration of the Planning Commission. Once the financial model was decided and the Kochi Metro Rail Corporation was formed, the KMRC could take over the construction of the metro rail under the supervision of the DMRC.

The Collector briefed the DMRC officials about the preliminary survey of the project area, carried out by Revenue officials based on the detailed project report. As of now, expansion of the existing buildings and construction of new structures, along with land transactions in the project area remained regulated, subject to the No Objection Certificate issued by the Collector.

The metro rail is estimated to cost over Rs. 3,000 crore. The elevated 25.30-km rail line will link Aluva and Pettah in Thripunithura and pass through Kaloor, M.G. Road and S.A. Road.


Sunday, February 17, 2008

Kochi Metro Rail Project Approved

The Kerala Cabinet has approved the Rs 3,000 crore Kochi Metro Rail project and sent it to the Centre for ratification, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said in Thiruvananthapuram.

The project envisages having rail transport facility on an elevated platform between Aluva and Tripunithura covering a distance of 25 km and would be implemented by Delhi Metro Corporation, Achuthanandan said after a cabinet meeting.

The State’s share in the project would be Rs 450 crore and it was also proposed to set up a Corporation similar to the Delhi Metro Corporation to execute the project, expected to ease the transportation problem of Kochi city.

It was a joint venture project of the state and Centre. Funds for the project would be mobilised by all partners, he said.


Kochi Metro Rail Project

The Kochi metro rail project is an undertaking of the state government of Kerala. The metro rail project at Kochi is meant to facilitate transportation in the industrial city of Kochi. Currently, the means of transport in the city of Kochi are limited to auto rickshaws, buses, taxis and ferries. With the execution of the metro rail project in Kochi, traveling from one place to another in the city will not pose any more problems.

The government of Kerala has sought the active participation of the private sector companies to carry out this massive project of transportation with success. The metro rail project of Kochi is planned on BOT basis.

A couple of people who hold important posts in the government of Kerala have been selected to look after the overall work related to the project. Sheela Thomas, the secretary of the Kerala government, has been designated the special officer in relation of this project.

The project is planned to set up a metro rail connection as long as 25.253 kms. The proposed starting point of this metro rail connection is the place called Alwaye and the proposed ending point is the place called Pettah.

The Kochi metro rail project has a lot of significance, because of the economic significance of Kochi. The city of Kochi earns a lot of revenues for the entire state of Kerala, through its variety of industries. Therefore, to cater to the industrial needs of the city, the infrastructure of transport communication has become one of the most important concerns of the government. The metro rail project of Kochi is a part of the initiative of the Kerala government to better the infrastructure of the city.


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