Construction of the coach repair yard at Muttom near Aluva — the first major civil work for the Kochi metro — has been hit by difficulty in sourcing and transporting mud to the site.

Comprising 32 hectares, the site is unlikely to be to be topped with mud up to a height of one metre and levelled before the monsoon. The DMRC had fixed May-end as the deadline for the work.

“A total of 4.50 lakh cubic metres of mud has to be transported to the site, for which 500 tipper loads of mud is required daily. At present, less than 200 tipper loads arrive each day as the Naval Armament Depot (NAD) permits tipper lorries through its road only during the night.

Permission to use the road for a few hours during day the day is needed for a month to complete the work before the monsoon,” sources associated with the metro said.

Navy sources said the Southern Naval Command permitted passage of trucks through NAD Road only during the night.

“This arrangement was mutually agreed to during a meeting with the DMRC, in the presence of various stake holders including people’s representatives, on April 15. The passage of trucks during the day could not be permitted due to movement of school buses to the Kendriya Vidyalaya at NAD and vehicles to the NAD.”

Officials of the metro rail project said they encountered difficulties in opening a new road to access the site and transporting mud through an alternative route.

They attributed the opposition to lorries using an alternative route to ‘vested interests’ of regional-level politicians and others.

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