The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) would hasten land acquisition for the metro rail project by ensuring that those who surrender land are given the market rate for their property as compensation.

It would also recruit retired village officers and revenue inspectors on contract. “We hope to acquire the total of 32 hectares for the project (which includes land to widen roads and bridges, to build metro stations and the coach-maintenance yard) in seven to eight months,” said the agency's MD, Tom Jose.

The land acquisition for the project had been included in the State Government's fast-track scheme. Referring to the survey of land to be acquired pending along M G Road, he said that this would be carried out in a week. A few shop owners along the stretch had objected to the survey and land acquisition.

Survey and peg marking are also pending in a few portions of the Vytilla-Pettah stretch.

The acquisition can be further sped up once the government issues the 4(1) notification.