Cabinet nod for Kochi Metro extension to Kakkanad soon

कोच्चि Kochi: Chief minister Oommen Chandy said that the cabinet will soon give its nod to extend the Metro rail to Kakkanad. After holding a meeting to review the progress of Metro rail works on Monday, Chandy expressed his satisfaction over the work so far. Later, he said the Metro would be completed as per schedule.

The meeting decided to take urgent measures to ensure the timely completion of the rail project. The chief minister requested mayor Tony Chammany to hand over the land and building owned by the corporation near south railway station for the Metro station.

He said Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) would pay compensation to tenants of the building as per the rehabilitation and resettlement package declared by the agency. Compensation paid to the corporation would be on a par with that given to other local bodies for surrendering land for development projects.

The railway is expected to surrender their land near Ernakulam south railway station for the Metro rail soon. The revenue department has given Rs 24 crore to railways.

The matter is pending before the office of the general manager, Southern Railway.

The rules will be notified in a month, he said. However, the district administration will acquire land forcibly if land owners are not ready to part with their land even after repeated pleas by the government.

While Rs 10 crore is needed to acquire land for Pachalam ROB, around Rs 19 crore will be required for the work on ROB till March, 2015.

Later, the chief minister unveiled the miniature design of the Metro station. Chandy was accompanied by DMRC principal advisor E Sreedharan, KMRL MD Elias George, minister for power and railways Aryadan Mohammed, revenue minister Adoor Prakash and excise minister K Babu among others.