Kochi joins the league of Metro rail cities
Kochi got the best New Year gift that it could ever wish for- the state of the art Metro rail in the model of the Delhi Metro! It is sure to bring respite to the endless traffic snarls and would meet the burgeoning needs of this city in the days to come. Kochi is progressing at an amazing pace and in the days to come it is definitely going to be the business hub of Kerala in particular and South India in general. Many features were added to the illustrious cap of this enchanting city in the past few months. The much hyped Smart city project and International container terminal among other undertakings would make Kochi a bustling city teeming with avid investors and entrepreneurs in future.
Unfortunately its road transport network made up of narrow roads terribly fail to handle the traffic rush and traffic bottle necks have become the order of the day for kochites. However with the commissioning of Metro rail, Kochi is poised to make a big leap to join the celebrity league of big cities such as Delhi or Bangalore. The State Government has given the green signal to go ahead with the ambitious Metro project on a total budget outlay of 3084 Crores.20% of this will be borne by the Central Government and 15% by the state government. The rest of the funds will be mobilized through loans from the Japanese bank of JBIC. The land acquisition proceedings are expected to start soon. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will be overseeing the project right from the procurement of land to the commissioning of the project and the work on this ambitious project is expected to be completed within 3 years. Metro rail extends from Kalamassery in Aluva to Petta in Tripunithura spanning a total distance of 25 kms. In the later stages it might be extended to Nedumbassery and Fort Kochi.
Though this project encompasses some of the busiest streets of Kochi, not much land needs to be acquired, making it all the more hassle free. Metro rail is expected to add further impetus to Kochi’s surge towards a bright future.