The total extent of land required for the Kochi Metro Rail project will be finalised by Monday.
Though 32 hectares were scheduled to be acquired for the project, a few more hectares will have to be acquired as parking lots have been planned alongside all the 23 proposed metro stations. Minor stations will have minimal parking lots, while major ones will have extensive ones. The terminal stations at Aluva and Pettah will have maximum parking area, as was originally planned.
An additional area of around 1.70 hectares will be acquired along the Aluva-Edappally NH to widen narrow portions on the highway, so that four-lane traffic flow can be ensured when work on the metro rail pillars is on.
A site inspection of the metro stations proposed in the Maharaja’s College Ground-Tripunithura Pettah stretch was carried out on Thursday by District Collector P.I. Sheikh Pareeth and a team of officials led by MD of Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) Elias George and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) Kochi Project Director P. Sriram, to assess requirements such as land at the sites and the steep curves on the metro’s alignment that have to be straightened. The team had inspected the station sites from Aluva to Madhava Pharmacy Junction a week ago.
Land to be notified
A team of officials would submit a report to Mr. George on Monday, detailing the total extent of land required, said a spokesperson for the KMRL. By month end, the stakeholders intend to notify the total land that has to be acquired for the preliminary works and for the metro.
More land (totalling around 94 hectares) is expected to be acquired in Muttom near Aluva, where a coach-maintenance yard was planned in 17 hectares. The aim is to develop the additional area as commercial land, the revenue from which would be used to fund the metro. Around 20 hectares of land is expected to be acquired at Kakkanad for the purpose.
Land will also be acquired near the Pettah station for accommodating the metro’s control centre. Apart from Jos Junction, land will be acquired at Madhava Pharmacy Junction and near the Ernakulam Junction railway station, to smoothen sharp curves.
Around 1.70 hectares to be acquired along the Aluva-Edappally NH to widen highway.