KMRL gets permission to acquire land directly

तिरुवनंथपुरम Thiruvananthapuram (TVC): To avoid delay in land acquisition, the Kerala government has accorded sanction to Kochi Metro Rail Ltd to acquire land directly from landowners for metro rail project.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here.

KMRL had approached the government with a request to permit them to take over lands necessary for the project in view of procedural delay after the new Land Acquisition Act of the Centre came into force.

The land price would be decided by the Company Managing Director and District Collector. The proposal would be submitted to the High Power Committee headed by State Chief Secretary for approval, minister for power and in-charge of the project, Arayadan Muhammed told reporters after the meeting.

The meeting also decided to sanction Rs 70 crore for the development of the Vyttilla-Petta stretch through which the Metro passes.

Issues connected with land acquisition had caused delay in the implementation of the project. About 80 per cent of the total land required for the project had been already acquired. A total of 40.40 acres of land was required for the project and out of this 32 acres had been acquired so far.

It was also decided to hold another highlevel meeting next week to review the project progress, he said.