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Dec 18 2016 (10:04)  Land acquisition delay hits Thripunithura extension (
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Cannot begin work unless land is handed over: DMRC
Even as stakeholders say that Kochi metro’s Thripunithura extension has been accorded priority over its Kakkanad extension, there is undue delay in commencing land acquisition for the 2-km-long corridor from Pettah to S.N. Junction.
90 plots to be acquired
Besides, 90 plots have not been acquired in the Champakkara-Pettah corridor for metro works to commence
on the Kunnara Park-Pettah stretch. This has in turn held up widening of the corridor.
The delay has come at a time when Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) head office is engaged in financial and technical evaluation of firms that responded to the tender to build the metro viaduct from Kunnara Park to Thripunithura. “We cannot commence works unless land is handed over to us,” said DMRC sources.
Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) sources attributed the State government’s delay in formulating rules based on Centre’s new Land Acquisition Act as the reason for inability to take over land on the Champakkara-Pettah stretch. This is possibly because of many contradictory provisions in the Act.
Revenue officials entrusted with acquiring land in the two corridors said they had been asked to focus on acquiring land to widen the Pettah-S.N. Junction corridor and for building entry/exit of stations at Alliance Junction and S.N. Junction. The terminal station at S.N. Junction will have bus bays too.
Social impact
Currently, Revenue officials are engaged in conducting survey on the corridor. The social-impact assessment will commence in a week. A team constituted for this purpose will submit its study report within six months to KMRL. An expert committee set up at the Collectorate to monitor this will take a call before issuing the formal notification to commence land acquisition.
As per plan, land will be acquired at equal width from either side of the road. The viaduct will most likely pass through one side of Pettah bridge, they said.
TRURA demand
Thripunithura Rajanagari Union of Residents’ Associations (TRURA) has condemned the inordinate delay in commencing works to extend the metro to Thripunithura. “KMRL must proactively ensure that hassles in land acquisition are overcome,” said TRURA chairman V.P. Prasad.
The proposal to terminate the metro at S.N. Junction must be relooked since approximately 10 acres of vacant land is available near Tripunithura railway station. “This will in turn ensure integration between the metro and rail network,” he added.
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