Kochi Corp wants DMRC to relay MG Road footpaths

Kochi: Though the public works department owns the MG Road, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, the agency implementing the metro rail project, is responsible for relaying footpaths along the stretch, the city corporation said.

“Trees along M G Road were felled to widen the stretch. A widened road should ensure the smooth movement of vehicles and pedestrians,” town planning committee chairman K J Sohan said.

DMRC has been laying footpaths near the north railway overbridge and Kacherippady Junction, and the Metro implementing agency should take up similar works on M G Road, the civic body demanded. “Drains should be cleaned and covered with slabs. DMRC has to ensure the safety of people using the arterial road,” Sohan said even as the state was expecting the first monsoon shower by this month-end.

DMRC officials, meanwhile, said they would clean and cover drains, and relay roads along the Metro route before monsoon. On completion of the Metro work, the DMRC would also take up the one-time relaying of roads along the rail route, officials said.

It was pointed out the existing contract lacked a provision for relaying MG Road footpaths.

DMRC to complete road repair works in a week

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) would complete resurfacing and repair of damaged roads along metro corridor within a week.

While roads in the city (Banerjee Road, M.G. Road and S.A. Road) will be resurfaced, potholes along the corridor that passes through NH will be filled. Resurfacing would be done after the monsoon season, DMRC sources said.

Drains along the metro corridor too were being cleaned by contractors deployed by the DMRC, to prevent water logging during rainy season, they said.