Land acquisition, road works for Metro 2nd phase on track | Kochi News

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Kochi: At a time when the Union government is expected to give the green light to the second phase of the Kochi metro, the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) and the revenue department have accelerated the process of acquiring land and l widening of the road for extension to Kakkanad and Infoparc. The revenue department handed over the land needed for the widening of some sections of the Palarivattom-Kakkanad road and the KMRL started widening the road near Palarivattom.
The acquisition of land for the widening of the Palarivattom-Kakkanad road is progressing rapidly, officials of the revenue department said. According to Metro officials, road widening along the entire stretch from Palarivattom to Kakkanad can begin by September.
“We have almost completed the preparatory work for the extension of the metro to Kakkanad. We have already started work on widening the Palarivattom-Kakkanad road. Works on stations can only be awarded after obtaining the approval of the state government. The state government will give its approval once the Union government gives the green light for the start of the second phase, ”said an official associated with the Metro project.
During talks with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who visited him recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly responded positively to the approval of the metro extension. The state government had already given instructions to metro officials and the revenue department to complete the preparatory work as soon as possible.
The land needed to widen the Palarivattom-Kakkanad road to 30 locations has been handed over to KMRL. A preliminary notification has been issued for the acquisition of the remaining land required for the widening of the road. The KMRL has already started widening the road along the metro route from Kakkanad to Infopark.
All the land required for the metro along the Pettah-SN Junction section was also handed over to KMRL. The revenue service also handed over the necessary land to Vadakkekotta station.
Meanwhile, the revenue department released the draft statement before taking over the required assets for 14 boat terminals under the Kochi Water Metro. In the case of the remaining seven terminals, the ministry issued a preliminary opinion.
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