The District Collector has asked the public not to disrupt the land survey in the Aluva-Edappally region. The survey is being held to study the space requirement to enable two-lane traffic in the region once the pillars for the metro rail are set up.
The Collector has clarified that the survey is for any land acquisition and unnecessary protests should not be created over the issue.
If any untoward incidents are to take place, it will only slow down the pace of the metro rail project, he said.
As per the norms laid down by the National Highways Authority of India, at least a seven metre gap should be provided on either side of the highway where the pillars are erected. Land acquisition would be held only in those areas where it is deemed to be necessary.
Meanwhile, discussions have been held with four building owners whose land is yet to be acquired. The buildings would be handed over to the DMRC, the Collector said.
Also, the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd’s building in the area would be handed over to the DMRC by January 31. The registration office and the survey superintendent offices at the South Railway Station Road would also be acquired by the DMRC, once alternative land is found for the two offices.
The KMRL has been appointed to find a suitable place to relocate the registration office. The Collector added that the survey Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation(KSINC) MD will be asked to provide a part of their complex for setting up the survey superintendent’s office.
The Collector said that discussions would be held for the utilisation of the Housing Board land for the functioning of the Kochi Metro Rail station at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Also, the DMRC has demanded land on lease from the Housing Board at the High Court Junction for three years.
Soon, a committee will be formed to study the aspects of land at Choornikkara panchayat and Kalamassery, which can be utilised for the metro village.