KOCHI: The scorching summer is making life difficult especially of those who work outside. The workers, who are working hard to meet the stipulated deadline of Kochi Metro Rail project, are the ones who are bearing the brunt of ‘heat’ the most.
Taking into consideration the hot and humid conditions, the contractors have given workers compulsory break from 11 am to 3 pm. Though this offers immense relief to the workers, the pace of the Kochi Metro Rail work has slowed down. However, Metro officials said that this will not affect the deadline.
“At present, we are concentrating on the stretch between Aluva and Palarivattam, which will be commissioned initially. The idea was to complete the civil works before the onset of monsoon. But the heat has slowed down the work a little bit. It is mainly the exterior works of the stations which has been affected. But considering the health hazards, we cannot force workers to work in the day time. So work is mainly carried out during night,” the officials said.
According to them, the stipulated deadline of November 1, for commissioning the first phase between Aluva and Palarivattam will not be affected as most of the civil works have been completed on this stretch.
“The work of the stations at Aluva, Muttom, Kalamassery, CUSAT, Pathadippalam, Edappally, Palarivattam and Kaloor are progressing. The work inside the station buildings where the structural construction is over is been carried out during the day. These include plastering and room fabrication,” according to sources with DMRC.
The authorities concerned hope that though the work has slowed down a bit, they will be able to complete the civil works between Aluva and Palarivattam by mid of July. The work on the via ducts on the 18 km stretch between Muttom-Palarivattam metro corridor has already been completed.