KOCHI: The recent decision to extend the Kochi Metro Rail project to Kakkanad at a cost of Rs 2,017 crore was received with cheers.
However, the associated hurdles of land acquisition is likely to prove a tough nut for officials as the proposed line will have to pass through several congested spots including Alinchuvadu, Chembumukku, Vazhakkala and Padamugal.
The major land acquisition required will be on the stretch between Padamugal and Palarivattam Bypass Signal, which has several commercial establishments and revenue land encroachments.
The total area of land that need to be acquired for the Kakkanad extension is 8.65 acres.
The amount set aside for the purpose is Rs 140.68 crore. Another 3.85 acres need to be acquired for the preparatory works. Admitting that land acquisition is a major hurdle, KMRL MD Elias George said that they are hopeful of overcoming it with the help of a proper Rehabilitation and Resettlement package.
“Ours is one of the best compensation packages mooted for an infrastructure project in the country. Along with that, we are focusing on implementing the extension plan with minimal land acquisition. Also we are providing ‘Right of Refusal’,” said Elias George.