KOCHI: District Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish has said that the vacant land lying sandwiched between Chitoor Road and MG Road in the city can be put to better use, to expand existing buildings in case of road-widening work and to open pay-and-park centres.
Addressing reporters here on Monday on the sidelines of a press meet to announce the Cochin Flower Show, he said that the aerial images of the road published on the Google site clearly showed the presence of huge areas of vacant space in between the two arterial roads. Proper utilisation of this space would help the implementation of the MG Road master plan that was announced following the drive against encroachments. Only plots with direct access to the two roads had buildings, with many of those sandwiched in between being covered in overgrowth of weeds, he said.
Mr. Hanish said that land acquisition for the metro rail project was listed under the State’s fast-track projects scheme and the district-level purchase committee would decide the land price. Thirty-eight acres costing around Rs.100 crore would be acquired for the project.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation that prepared the detailed project report would draw up a plan to divert traffic in the city when the work on the pillars and rails commenced.
Asked about the demand from some traders on MG Road to change the alignment for the project (they have demanded a fresh alignment through Menaka junction), the Collector said the traders held talks with the Chief Minister and things had to be worked out.
Mr. Hanish said that it would be easier for people to get building permits from local bodies, once demarcation stones were laid for acquiring land along the 25-km route of the metro rail. Local bodies would issue permits only after land owners obtained a no objection certificate from the district administration.
He said the demarcation work, which began on Monday from Aluva, would be completed in four days. A Chennai-based firm carrying out the work, he added.