Kochi: State’s one of the prestigious projects, Kochi Metro, will be inaugurated on May 30. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to participate in the inaugural ceremony, said Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran today. It will be held at Aluva. The first service will be in the 13km from Aluva to Palarivattom.
Meanwhile, after the successful trial runs of the Metro along the Aluva-Palarivattom corridor, the officials at the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) are confident that they can now take up the responsibility of executing its extension to Infopark, Kakkanad, independent of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
Following the state government’s nod to phase II of the project from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to Infopark, which is estimated to cost Rs 2,577 crore, KMRL officials have said they would appoint general consultants for executing the work.
For extending the project to Kakkanad, KMRL needs for 8.65 acres, which has to be acquired at an estimated cost of Rs 140.68 crore. The metro agency said 3.85 acres will have to be acquired to widen the existing road to 22 meters along the corridor. The State Cabinet had earlier sanctioned Rs 189 crore for the preparatory works.
However, to begin the actual works along the 11.2km long stretch from Kaloor to Kakkanad, Metro officials will have to get the approval from the Centre.