Kochi: As per the survey for the proposed 11.2-km Kochi metro rail link from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kaloor to the InfoPark in Kakkanad, 400 shops to be affected. The survey states that 40 shops will be completely destroyed and 360 shops will be partially ripped off.
In the primary findings of the survey it is estimated that land from 280 landowners will have to be acquired. The study was conducted ahead of acquisition for Kochi Metro.
Initial work on metro rail extension to Kakkanad has began and officials are optimistic that the central government will give due clearance soon.
On the other hand representative from the Kerala Voluntary Health Service held discussions with those who will lose their commercial establishments and land. KVHS conduct studies on social implication of such project on those likely to be affected directly.
KVHS is likely to complete the study by the end of this month and the findings will be submitted to district administration. The study is undertaken to understand the implication on area where the land will be acquired. It also aims to facilitate fair price to landowners and rehabilitation to those who are likely to be affected. Specifically, those who will lose jobs and livelihood with land acquisition.
Kochi Metro Rail Limited along with revenue department has completed joint study on plots to be acquired and ancillary studies. Land to be acquired in an 11 meter both side of land earmarked for the project. Marking stones have been placed post measurement of area and location identified.
Association of land owners held a meeting and demanded market price for the land acquired. Besides, they also demand that families who will be affected should be looked after by assuring one job for the member of the family.
The association has also asked to undertaken metro construction after the authorities build parallel roads at the metro sight to divert and control traffic.