Kochi Metro to seek pause on Toll Collection for 2 years

The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) will request the state government to stop the toll collection at Thammanam-Pulleppady bridge for a period of two years. The decision was taken in a meeting held at the KMRL office here on Thursday.

The request was put forth after considering the traffic diversion plans implemented in connection with the ongoing Kochi metro rail construction work. The meeting observed that the toll period can be extended for two more years after the completion of the Kochi Metro Rail to cop up with the period for which the extension is being given.

“Due to the Metro rail construction, the public will have to depend more on the Thammanam-Pulleppady bridge,” the KMRL authorities said, after the meeting convened by KMRL managing director Elias George to discuss the land acquisition and traffic regulation for Kochi Metro Rail works.

The meeting also decided to appoint more traffic wardens for ensuring the smooth flow of traffic in the city. The service of the traffic wardens will be made available during the night too.

“The barricades at Aluva, Pulinchode and  Edappally Changampuzha Park will be removed by December end after the work finishes in that segment,” Elias George said. Meanwhile, District Collector P I Sheikh Pareeth said that the land acquisition for the Kochi Metro Rail will be completed by next month. The land acquisition for the widening of Vyttila-Petta Road and Edappally flyover are progressing. The discussions with the land owners at  Edappally will be completed soon, the District Collector said.

The meeting also decided to take over the land parcels which should be acquired through LA Act, if the negotiations fail to fix the value of the land with the consent of the land owners.

As far as the preparatory work is concerned, the land acquisition will be done in four weeks and the land cost will be given as soon as possible. The meeting also decided to hold joint inspections with KMRL, DMRC and revenue officials to complete the land acquisition process.

RoB work to be over by December end

Kochi: The reconstruction of the Ernakulam North Railway Overbridge (RoB) will be completed by December. The RoB will be opened for the public by the end of December itself,” KMRL managing director Elias George said.