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Project report for Metro Railway likely in three months

By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, MARCH 1. Delhi Metro Railway Corporation may submit a detailed project report for the Kochi Metro Railway within three months.

The corporation is conducting surveys and tests for the project. Soil tests, field and traffic surveys and environmental impact assessment are nearing the final stages. While these tasks have been outsourced, system design and related works will be completed by the corporation.

During the first week of January, the State Government gave the green signal for the project to corporation.

The topography study, which takes stock of the ground, buildings and structures in the area through which the metro railway is to pass, will be completed in March. Soil tests and traffic studies are expected to be complete by next month.

The detailed report is considered the key document regarding the project, as based on it, investors may come forward to fund the project.

The corporation officials are of the view that Metro Railway should start from Aluva and not Kalamassery as earlier suggested because the former is the convergence point of passengers from the northern part of Ernakulam district. If the railway were to start from Kalamassery, the number of passengers to benefit will be less, the officials said.

The railway network is to end at Thripunithura.

The narrow road from Vyttila to Thripunithura is an area of concern for the corporation as the pillars supporting the track are to be erected along the median of the road.

Team visit

A corporation team, led by E. Sreedharan, managing director of the corporation, travelled from Aluva to Thripunithura last Saturday along the route through which the project has been proposed. The tour was to familiarise the officials with the route and to decide on the areas where depots and stations are to be set up. The team is understood to have identified some commercial complexes near Madhava Pharmacy junction that stand in the way of laying the railway line. The corporation has started the process of identifying alternative sites for diverting the line, anticipating delay in acquiring land in at least some commercial areas.

The work on metro railways in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, which are also implemented by the corporation, will begin in April. The Hyderabad and Chennai projects may be delayed. The corporation has also submitted a plan for development of the Kolkata metro railway, officials said.

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