Thiruvananthapuram

KRTL gets 10.11 hectares at Pallippuram

Depot of Light Metro to come up at the site

Land, 10.11 hectares, at Pallipuram has been transferred by the Revenue Department to set up a depot of the proposed Light Metro, a mass rapid transit system (MRTS), mooted for the capital.

The Kerala Rapid Transit Corporation Ltd. (KRTL), the special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up to execute the MRTS in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, have placed a signage to this effect on the property on NH 66 adjacent to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp, Pallipuram.

Survey

The survey authorities would demarcate the land falling under survey 351 and 314 and fix the boundary of the 10.11 hectares before it came under the possession of the KRTL, official sources told The Hindu.

The transfer of land by the Revenue Department came following the High Court disposing of a case. In 2014, the Taluk Land Board, headed by the then Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO), S. Karthikeyan, had dismissed the claim of Company De-Mendez that the land identified for setting up the depot was not surplus as per revenue records and that it belonged to them.

The RDO issued the orders after hearing the group which had approached the High Court against the decision of the government. The group again approached the High Court against the order of RDO that the ‘land is reserved for public purpose.’ The alternative land suggested by the group lacked frontage and it was rejected by the RDO.

Starting point

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had chosen Pallippuram as the starting point and for setting up the depot after considering the future needs and urbanisation prospects.

Also, the proximity to the Technocity project was also a key factor. The 21.82-km Technocity-Karamana stretch in the capital would cost Rs.4,219 crore on completion, by 2021.

Nod awaited

The Cabinet was yet to clear the Detailed Project Report (DPR) submitted by the DMRC in October. Project officials said the land could be used as a casting yard in the beginning and would be utilised otherwise when the tenders were floated.

A similar patch of land was needed near Karamana or beyond for setting up a casting yard to avoid inconvenience to road-users and for speedy completion of the work, sources said.

The land belonging to the Sreepadam Colony at Pallipuram would also be taken over.

The land needed to rehabilitate those staying in the colony had been identified near Pallipuram itself, sources said.




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