Clearing apprehensions regarding the possible delay in commissioning of the Kochi Metro owing to delay in land acquisition, District Collector M G Rajamanikyam has made it clear that the entire land for the project would be handed over to Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) within three months. The Collector was speaking to reporters here on Friday. The collector said that around 70 per cent of the land required for the project is already in the possession of the Revenue Department.
“But we are yet to complete the procedures as part of land acquisition. The procedure for acquisition of the entire land required will be over in three months,” he said. DMRC chief advisor E Sreedharan had expressed concerns over the delay in the land acquisition along Vyttila-Pettah stretch and said that construction along the stretch would not be completed within the stipulated time.
There are reports that the major hurdle for completing the acquisition along Vyttila-Pettah stretch is stiff opposition by certain religious groups.