The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is chalking out plans to extend the Kochi metro rail up to Kakkanad by establishing an alignment towards the IT hub from Palarivattom.

“The provision to have a branch towards Kakkanad has been incorporated in the project's design since the area is developing in big way,” said the managing director of DMRC E. Sreedharan, while speaking to The Hindu . This is aimed at increasing passenger patronage for the Kochi metro.

“We would make available land and other provisions at the open space in front of the Nehru International Stadium for the metro trains to take a turn towards Palarivattom Junction along the existing one-way road. The trains can then proceed to Kakkanad through the Palarivattom Bypass Junction, said the agency's Kochi project director P. Sriram.

For this, land would have to be acquired along the St. Martin's Church-Palarivattom Junction stretch and up to Kakkanad. Encroachers en route, especially at Vazhakkala, would have to be removed.

“The distance up to the Kakkanad Smart City site from Palarivattom would be over 8 km. We are willing to carry out the extension along with work on the proposed Aluva-Pettah alignment, if the State and Centre provide funds,” Mr. Sriram said.

The DMRC and Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) had pledged their support to extend the metro rail up to the Kochi international airport. Apart from air passengers, this would help people reach Kochi city from Angamaly too, aiding the expansion of the city towards the suburbs.

The airport link could be made by extending the metro-rail alignment by another 8 km — the distance between Aluva and the airport.

Mr. Sriram expressed concern over the delay in obtaining sanction to demolish the two-wheeler bay on the northern side of the North overbridge in the city. The dismantling of the bay on the southern side began a week ago. “Our contractor had made all plans to begin pulling down the northern bay on Sunday. The undue delay is resulting in costly machinery idling,” he said.

District Collector P. I. Sheikh Pareeth said that the delay in repairing the Kacheripady-Pachalam and Kacheripady-Valanjambalam roads was delaying traffic diversion and dismantling of the northern bay. “It might take another few days to repair the roads,” he said.

Concern over delay in dismantling North overbridge side bay.

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