Kochi Metro gets Cabinet’s nod for extension of project

It is being proposed to extend the metro rail up to S.N.Junction in Tripunithura at an investment of Rs. 323 crore

A detailed project report for extending the first phase of the Kochi Metro Rail project to Tripunithura is expected by May even as the Cabinet gave its nod for the project on Wednesday.

Approvals pending

A detailed study in this regard is being conducted by the Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES). While the Cabinet had given its approval to the preliminary report on the first phase extension, approvals from the central Public Investment Board and the ministerial-level high-power committee are pending. Efforts for securing these approvals would be initiated shortly.

Initially, the metro rail was proposed from Aluva to Pettah. Now it is being proposed up to SN Junction in Tripunithura at an investment of Rs. 323 crore. There would be two stations at Tripunithura – Alliance Junction and SN Junction. Demand for extension of Metro to Tripunithura has been there from the very beginning. The benefits of Kochi Metro would reach larger segments of passengers with the extension. Besides, more space for metro station and related facilities are available at Tripunithura compared to Pettah.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had pointed out the possibilities of extending the project up to Tripunithura at the launch of the construction work itself. Organisations including resident’s associations had organised protests demanding the extension of the project.