Kochi ( Metro Rail News ) – Even though the pandemic is getting worst, the work of Kochi Metro Rail’s extension up to Tripunithura from Petta is progressing according to the deadline. The first precast girder and viaduct for the stretch were placed near Panamkutty Bridge at Petta here on 13th.
The Phase I extension of Kochi Metro consists of two stretches, first from Petta to SN Junction comprising of two stations — Vadakkekotta and SN Junction — and a two-lane bridge across the Panamkutty river. The estimated cost of the work is Rs 360 crore according to official sources.
“Kochi Metro restarted the construction work on April 21. It followed COVID protocol in all aspects. Despite the challenges, we were able to retain the labour force. We are planning to complete the construction in a time-bound manner,” Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) managing director Alkesh Kumar Sharma was stated saying.
Hailing KMRL’s efforts, Secretary of Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Durga Shanker Mishra tweeted, “In spite of the challenges, precast pier cap and girders were launched yesterday. Heartiest congratulations to Kochi Metro Rail team! I am sure you will continue working with the same grit and determination for getting metro rail operational in time to bring ease in living to citizens.”
Different projects of the Kochi Metro Rail are running without delay and are expected to get completed on time as per sources in the Kochi Metro Rail Limited.