Metro: Panel to Ease Land Acquisition - The New Indian Express

Metro: Panel to Ease Land Acquisition

Published: 08th May 2014 09:35 AM

Last Updated: 08th May 2014 09:48 AM

A high-level meeting convened by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here on Wednesday formed a sub-committee to speed up the acquisition of the remaining land needed for the Kochi metro. The sub-committee is headed by Electricity Minister Aryadan Mohammed and Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash.

Briefing reporters, Aryadan Mohammed termed Wednesday’s meeting, held to allay concerns regarding land acquisition, a success.

“The meeting decided to take over the necessary land on a war-footing,” he said. A committee comprising people’s representatives and officials have been formed to address the concerns raised by the public regarding the take-over of land. The committee is to complete its work in 15 days.

Steps will be taken to clear the hurdles near HMT within 10 days. In a statement here, the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd said that the sub-committee would negotiate with the authorities of St Albert’s College for an “acceptable settlement” regarding the 98 cents of land near the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kaloor. The PWD has been asked to speed up the land acquisition on the Vyttila-Pettah stretch.

The state government will soon hand over the funds required for the process, it was decided at the meeting. The government would also sanction funds for completing the construction of the Edappally flyover and the rail overbridge in Pachalam. The Kochi Corporation will supervise land acquisition for the Vyttila-Thammanam-Pullepadi Road and hand over the land to the PWD.

Excise and Ports Minister K Babu, Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany and DMRC advisor E Sreedharan were among those who attended the meeting.

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