The state government has issued notification for acquiring land for the construction of nine Metro stations on the proposed Phase-II line of Kochi Metro.
The notification was issued for Palarivattom Bypass, Chembumukku, Vazhakkala, Padamugal, Palarivattom, Kakkanad, Cochin SEZ, Chittethukara and Kinfra stations.
As much as 0.9544 hectares from Edappally South and Kakkanad villages would be acquired for the constriction of Palarivattom, Kakkanad, Cochin SEZ, Chittethukara and Kinfra stations.
While 0.15 hectare would be acquired for Palarivattom bypass station, 0.18 hectare would be acquired for Chembumukku station, .0.2 hectare for Vazhakkala and 0.15 hectare for Padamugal stations.
Rajagiri College of Social Science will conduct a social impact assessment (SIA) study for the land acquisition. The study is expected to be completed by one month.
KMRL has already clarified that the stations on its second phase would be eco-friendly architectural designs that symbolize sustainability.
The construction of entry and exit works of two stations have already started. Unlike Phase-I, minimal design would be the speciality of Phase II.
Recently, the state cabinet has accorded administrative sanction for the revised estimate of Rs 1957.05 crore for the new line of Kochi Metro.
The delay in land acquisition and commencement of works have already caused escalation of the entire project cost.
KMRL authorities had announced that the construction of the second line would begin in January 2023.
It was on September 1 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the line 11.2-km-long Phase-II corridor of Kochi Metro.