Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Kochi Metro rail project to start next month

Rs 3,048-crore Kochi Metro rail project

Civil work on Rs 3,048-crore Kochi Metro Rail is slated to get cracking next month(April 2008). The Elevated Light Rail Kochi Metro PPP would be ready for public use in three years, according to M Vijayakumar, Kerala minister in charge of rail transport.

“Only about 26 hectares of land (as the rail in elevated) will be required. Of this 16 acres is of private ownership. Within a year, the necessary land acquisition can be completed,” Vijayakumar told the Assembly in reply to a question.

It is DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) that’s implementing the Kochi public transport PPP through a SPV (special purpose vehicle).

The Kerala governement had earlier decided to put 15% equity (Rs 450 crore) in the new entity.

Kochi Metro rail is planned in the 26 km stretch between Tripunithura and Aluva. “We have noticed that the width of National Highway may get affected when the concrete pillars are set up for the elevated light rail.

Some technical solution for this problem will be thrashed out soon,” the minister said.


Monday, March 3, 2008

Kochi metro rail begins Land demarcation

The demarcation of land for the proposed Kochi Metro Rail project started in Aluva on Monday.

Demarcation along the project route by laying boundary stones started from near the Aluva railway station — the starting point of the 25.3-km long line.

The demarcation and survey will be carried out in all eight villages through which the elevated rail passes. Revenue officials said it was hard to fix a completion date. Asked when the acquisition process was expected to be over, officials said it was impossible to predict considering the hurdles that had cropped up in the acquisition process in other projects.

Based on the measurements fixed during the demarcation, the officials will draw up sub-divisional records. This was essential to issue notification authorising acquisition process in the remaining seven villages.

At present, the notification had been issued only in Ernakulam village. In the remaining seven villages — Thripunithura, Elamkulam, Edappally North and South, Thrikkakkara North, Aluva West and Nadama — the notification is yet to be issued.

The notification authorising survey had been issued in all villages except Nadama. Once the demarcation process was complete, a draft declaration would be issued. Fixing basic price for the land to be acquired will follow.

Revenue authorities would then place the price before the landowners by convening district-level purchase committees. Of the total land required for the project, 41 acres would be acquired from private landowners.

The total cost of land acquisition is pegged at Rs.75 to Rs.100 crore.

The State government had already allotted Rs.1 crore towards meeting the preliminary expenses for land acquisition. Once started, the acquisition process is expected to be over in eight months.

The elevated rail will pass through Kalamassery, Edappally, Palarivattom, MG Road and Kadavanthra.

Meanwhile, there was a proposal to extend link to Nedumbassery.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is in the process of drawing up a detailed project report on the scope of this proposal.


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