Monday, February 18, 2008

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.


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