Emergency Land Acquisition for Sabari Rail Planned

Ernakulam Jn (ERS):  The district administration will invoke the emergency clause of the Land Acquisition Act to acquire two more villages in Ernakulam for the Sabari rail project.

With this, the land acquisition measures for the project in Ernakulam will be expedited. The district administration had earlier given a proposal to the state government seeking implementation of the emergency clause in order to prevent further delay. The project was submitted to the Transport Department.

The fast track method is invoked so land price rates can be fixed without much hassles. According to sources with the land acquisition wing of the district administration, 0.0185 hectares of land in Angamaly village and 0.0065 hectares of land in Nedumbassery village will be acquired under the emergency clause. Already more than 21 hectares of land have been acquired from Mattor, Vadakkumbhagam, Chelamottom and certain other areas of Nedumbassery and Angamaly under the fast track scheme in Ernakulam district for the project.

However, land acquisition in Kottayam district have been stuck for some time now due to public opposition. Meanwhile, the blueprint for the proposed subways in the Angamaly-Kalady stretch was finalised two months ago. The subways have been planned at Vaappalissery-Angamaly Road, Pirarur Road and Vaappalissery Canal Road.

The subways are mandatory as it will be help to facilitate road traffic on the route once the Sabari rail line is commissioned along the Angamaly-Ernakulam route. The Railways have it on their agenda to construct either subways or rail overbridges to compensate for the loss of area which is presently being used by the public for commuting. The railways decided to opt for subways since construction of RoBs is more costly.

Land has been acquired for the construction of subways. The underpass at Vaappalissery will be built at a height of 5 metres, with a width of 4 metres, whereas at Piraroor, the underpass will be 5-metre wide and 3.9-metre high.

Along the Vaappalissery Container Road, the underpass will be built at a height of 4 metres and with a width of 3 metres.