DMRC faces delays for Kochi Metro
Though the metro authority intends to complete Metro works up to Pettah SN Junction in the next reach they are unable to provide clarity on this due to undue delay in land acquisition.
Neither the DMRC nor the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) are able to finalise a deadline for completing the works along the remaining stretch in the first phase of Kochi Metro.The first phase covers a distance of 25km from Aluva to Pettah, and the KMRL has already thrown open a distance of 18km for commuters. Officials with the DMRC said they were able to sort out issues over the on-going construction of a cantilever bridge at Ernakulam South. The metro trains will cross Southern Railway’s tracks at Ernakulam Junction railway station using the cantilever bridge.
“There were some issues over construction activities near the railway area. They have sorted out. SP Singla Construtions Pvt Ltd, which has undertaken the construction of the cantilever bridge, is expected to complete the work in December,“ said the DMRC spokesperson.
According to DMRC, another major hurdle they face in project implementation is the construction of the Metro rail over the national highway at the Vyttila junction. Traffic regulation will be a tedious task as Vyttila is the busiest junction in the state. Accord ing to the DMRC, discussions are yet to take place in this regard. “There are also confusions regarding whether works of the Metro and the works of the proposed flyover at Vyttila will take place simultaneously. We are yet to figure out these aspects,“ added the spokesperson.
The metro authorities said fast tracking of these works would help them complete the project till Tykoodam without much trouble. The DMRC maintained that Metro works along the Sahodharan Ayyappan Road is at “an advanced stage“. Girders have been placed at most places along the stretch. “Piling works have started at Jos Junction on MG Road. Works are expected to progress well between the Maharaja’s College Ground and Ernakulam South. Then the metro viaduct from cantilever bridge has to be linked with the viaduct along SA Road. Works are also progressing along the stretch between Vyttila and Thykoodam,“ added the spokesperson.