KMRL to invoke urgency clauses

KOCHI: Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) has stepped in to give the much needed push for the land acquisition process to construct the Edappally flyover and parallel side roads. At a high-level meeting convened by the Metro agency, it has been decided to invoke the urgency clause to acquire the required 1.75 acres. A decision has been taken to raise the road level over Edappally canal to provide a clear vent for water transport.

“Kerala Road Fund Board (KRFB) will immediately release Rs 25 crore to the district administration to begin land acquisition,” said KMRL spokesperson. KMRL will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with other nodal agencies like National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), KRFB and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for executing the project. The Metro agency informed that priority would be given to construct two parallel side roads while widening the existing bridge over Edappally canal.

The Metro agency held discussions with PWD, KRFB, RBDC-K, NHAI, DMRC and other stakeholders related to road development works to be undertaken in the city as these works are crucial for the construction of Kochi Metro. The flyover, widening of Vyttila-Pettah Road, Thammanam-Pullepaddy Road and widening and black capping of national highway from Pulinchodu to Edappally is necessary to minimize traffic congestion in the city during the construction phase of the Metro.

Regarding the widening of Vyttila-Pettah Road, agencies expect to finish land acquisition in a fast-track mode. Once land is acquired, PWD would take advance action to commence widening work. In respect of widening the Thammanam-Pullepaddy Road, it was decided that land acquisition for the balance land required would be fast-tracked and action would also be taken to undertake work by the time land is made available.

The possibility of funding road creation component under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) would also be explored in consultation with Kochi corporation.