Kochi’s Metro dreams to turn into reality
The preliminary work of the Kochi Metro Rail project is all set to start soon and the GCDA will be handing over Manappattiparambu to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the agency entrusted with the construction work. The land will be used by the DMRC to store the machines for construction and to cast the girders for re-constructing the North Railway Overbridge (RoB).
In the first phase, the construction of flyover on Salim Rajan Road will be taken up and for this, the land owned by KSRTC near the Salim Rajan Road will be handed over to DMRC. The reconstruction of the North RoB would start with the demolition of the four-and-a-half metre wide side bridges and once the new side bridges come up the central portion of the RoB will be pulled down. Mean while the city Police Commissioner Ajith Kumar has submitted suggestions for traffic regulations in the wake of the construction work. The byroads in the city might be repaired to handle the diverted traffic.
An all party political meeting will be convened by Excise Minister K Babu to discuss about the traffic regulations and rehabilitation of traders who will be evicted from under the the Railway over bridge . DMRC project director P Sreeram has already handed over the design of the metro rail to the District Collector and the initial phase of the work is expected to be completed within 18 months. The reconstruction of the North ROB involves a project outlay of over 80.50 crore and will be taken up in seven phases. Once the long awaited metro rail comes into the city, it will not only ease the traffic congestion of the city but also will add fillip to its business and economic prospects of Kochi as well.