KOCHI (Metro Rail News): Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) will initiate the land acquisition process for the extension of Kochi Metro to Tripunithura Railway Station. Contrary to the earlier plan of Tripunithura municipality acquiring land for constructing a new road connecting Seema auditorium (near railway overbridge on PettahIrumbanam junction road) and railway station, the KMRL will be responsible for acquiring land from S N Junction to the proposed Metro station near Tripunithura railway station.
There is a requirement to acquire 10.75 acres for widening the road and for constructing a new bus terminal. The project is estimated to cost Rs 102 cr. “The municipality does not have enough funds. The matter was taken up before chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. It was assured that KMRL will acquire land required for the metro from S N Junction till their proposed station at Tripunithura,” said municipal chairperson Chandrika Devi.
She said that the local body would have to take up the task of widening the road from the Metro station to the overbridge near the market. Moreover, the municipality will have to acquire land for the bus terminal and execute its construction.
As this plan is put in place the local body will have to pump in Rs 50-60 cr for the project. “We may require to acquire around 3.5 acres. Instructions have given to officials to get the data regarding the exact land required by the local body,” said O V Salim, vice-chairperson. He said the municipality had already started the process for land acquisition. However, as the metro agency is involving in it the local body’s role will be limited.
“The municipality has already received a letter from the KMRL in this regard,” he said and added that the local body would send a letter to the state government indicating the extent of land required for them. The Tripunithura municipality expects to complete the land acquisition and road widening process before their term comes to an end. The next elections to local bodies are due in 2020. “Even if it is not possible to execute the entire plan we want to complete paper works before the next council takes over,” added Salim.
The plan is to have a 21m wide road linking Petta -Irumbanam Junction and the overbridge near the market adjacent to the railway station. This will be a straight road connecting railway station and KMRL can take the Metro through the center of this road. The metro terminal will come up near the new bus terminal. It is being planned to develop the area as a transport hub. Meanwhile, KMRL has not issued an official communique regarding land acquisition along this stretch.