KMRL cruises ahead with ₹1,987-cr Phase-II expansion

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In a bid to speed up expansion work on Phase-II, the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) has conducted a Social Impact Study of the metro line from Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium to Infopark via Kakkanad. The revised DPR has been submitted to the Central Government for its approval with de-escalation of the project cost from ₹2,557 crore to ₹1,957 crore. The state government has already given administrative sanction for the revised DPR and has initiated the process of acquiring 2.8630 hectares along the Stadium-Infopark-Kakkanad stretch. Out of the total land to be acquired, 0.72 hectares is government land. Managing director A P M Mohammed Hanish informed that the agency is awaiting Central Government approval for Phase II. The state government had already accorded administrative sanction for widening the Seaport-Airport Road from Kakkanad Collectorate Junction to Infopark Expressway entrance for a length of 2.5 km into a four-lane stretch, and the tender process for awarding the contract is in the final stages. Widening of the Seaport-Airport Road is essential to carry out civil works of the Kochi Metro along the Collectorate and Infopark stretch as the vehicular traffic is very high on this road.

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