KMRL completes all major surveys for regenerating canals in Kochi


KOCHI (Metro Rail News): Kochi Metro Rail Limited has completed all the major surveys for the coveted IURWTS (Integrated Urban Regeneration and Water Transport System) project aimed at regenerating the canals in Kochi.
KMRL undertook the project last year on the orders of the state government and awarded the work to Antea Nederland BV (Netherlands) for the development of the concept, master planning and detailed design. KMRL is reviving six major canals in the city named Edapally Canal, Chilavanoor canal, Thevara – Perandoor canal, Thevara canal, Market canal. and Konthuruthy canal. 
“KMRL has completed all major surveys within a short span of time. Detailed Project Report has been prepared and submitted for approval to the State Government. We have lined up the course of action including cleaning of canals, rehabilitation of affected persons, shore protection and canal oriented developments, thus bringing life back to the canals in Kochi ” said Alkesh Kumar Sharma, MD, KMRL.
Alkesh Kumar Sharma who is also the Additional Chief Secretary for special projects in the state added that KMRL has big plans for the city. “Through this project, we will bring these canals to the erstwhile glory which shall be reminiscent of the nostalgic past where navigation was possible. KMRL is also looking to develop more lung spaces along the banks of these canals” he said.
KMRL has completed the most advanced LIDAR survey for getting the topographic details and to map the sub drains, which are falling into the canals. It has also completed the Social Impact Assessment Study, water quality studies and Bathymetric Survey.
Geotechnical bore-hole investigation at 56 identified locations for understanding the soil characteristics and lithology along the canals is nearing completion. The major portion of floodplain analysis and water-balancing studies is being done in the Netherlands and the same is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
 As the project area falls under the CRZ zone, KMRL had submitted an application before the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and ministry has sanctioned the Terms of Reference for various mandatory clearance to be obtained. Kerala State Pollution Control Board has approved the Consent to Establish (CTE) and wildlife clearance from the forest department is expected shortly. The application for Wetland clearance has been submitted by KMRL to Kochi Corporation.
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Land identification and acquisition proposals are also progressing fast. As part of the social upliftments aspects of the project, persons residing along the canals banks will be resettled in a full-fledged housing complex that is being built to accommodate all those homeless. The land has been identified in kakkanad and the acquisition process is progressing fast.
As part of Urban, Regeneration KMRL has plans to implement Canal Oriented development (COD) Projects. The activities included are initial cleaning, widening, deepening to maintain the cross-section for flood mitigation and navigation, and bank protection and regular protective measures. 
KMRL is planning to make the canals navigable to the possible extent and it will have intermodal connectivity with the Kochi Metro Rail, Water Metro and the road network. KMRL also envisages on developing water sports facilities, sports complex etc.
Special focus will be given to the development of sewerage systems and their management. Sewage management is addressed by laying primary sewer networks along the canals and the secondary networks to individual households.

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