The proposal to have a metro-rail station in front of the Ernakulam Town Hall has been dropped following paucity of space.
Instead, two stations will come up at Lissie Junction, located on North overbridge’s eastern side. The station on one side of the road — the northern side — has been proposed on a vacant space in front of a fuel bunk at the junction, while the one on the southern side will be located nearer to Judges’ Avenue Junction, where land is available, sources in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.
The decision was taken because the metro alignment will have to take a very sharp curve to access the space proposed in front of the Town Hall.
The Kochi Corporation has handed over a few cents of land within the hall’s premises to accommodate the approach road to North overbridge which is being-widened into four-lane by the DMRC.
As for the delay in beginning the work to widen the narrow Town Hall-Madhava Pharmacy Junction stretch into a four-lane road, District Collector Sheikh Pareed said the land will be acquired and handed over to the DMRC in a phased manner.
“Plot owners along Banerjee Road and M G Road are willing to hand over the land required to widen the two roads into four-lane.”
While this will solve the problem of widening the approach road to North bridge, Rajaji Road that leads to Salim Rajan overbridge is yet to be widened.
“We are awaiting the State government’s nod to begin the land-acquisition process on Rajaji Road,” Mr Pareed said.
To a question on when lanes one and four of North over bridge will be opened to traffic, DMRC sources said the pending works will be over by mid-November. “The construction of the bridge’s approach spans and service lanes will be completed in 10 days’ time.
The Commissioner for Railway Safety has accorded permission to place steel girders over the bridge’s railway portion.
But permission is awaited to block rail traffic when the work is executed.
Instead of the Town Hall station, two stations will come up at Lissie Junction.