The district-level purchase committee has decided to acquire land for metro stations at Kaloor, Thaikootam and Petta as per the norms of land acquisition.
The decision was taken by the district purchase committee as it failed to reach a consensus with the landowners.
This is the first time that the district administration will be forced to acquire land on the basis of land acquisition rules after paying surety in the court.
The committee took this decision as this was the fifth time that its meeting with the landowners ended in a deadlock.
District Collector P I Sheik Pareeth presided over the function.
Measures will be initiated soon to acquire land on base price.
The committee also conducted preliminary meeting with landowners of Pulinchodu viaduct, Muttam, Ambattukavu, Cochin University of Science and Technology stations and Kalamassery Nippon Toyota viaduct on Wednesday.
They have been informed of the base price.
The committee expects to reach a decision on the price in the next meeting.
If it fails, land will be acquired based on land acquisition rules.
As the construction of Kochi metro rail has begun, the government has instructed the purchase committee to complete land acquisition on war footing.