Kerala Cabinet approves JLN Stadium-Kakkanad extension of Kochi Metro

Thiruvananthapuram, May 20, 2015

The Kerala Cabinet today gave its approval for a proposal to extend the Kochi Metro Rail project from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Kalloor to Kakkanad at an estimated cost of Rs. 2017.46 crore.
The 11.2 km project would be the third phase of the Kochi Metro Rail project.
Earlier, the Board of Directors of Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) had aproved the extension at its meeting on May 16.
According to a detailed project report (DPR) for the extension, the number of commuters between Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Kakkanad would be 1.26 lakh in 2021 and 1.98 lakh in 2031.
According to KMRL, the extension will have 11 stations such as Palarivattom Junction, Palarivattom Bypass, Chembumukku, Vazhakkala, Kunnumpuram, Kakkanad Junction, Kochi SEZ, Chittethukara, Rajagiri, Infopark-1 and Infopark -2.
A press release from KMRL said the Kakkanad extension would need 8.65 acres of land at a cost of Rs 140.68 crore. There is also a need of acquiring 3.85 acres of land for the preparatory work on this route.
RITES had prepared the traffic studies and the DPR for Kakkanad extension. In their study, RITES Ltd. have assessed the peak hour traffic demand in each direction on JLN Station – Info Park corridor (via Kakkanad) as 7,939 in 2021 and 10,890 in 2031, and the average daily ridership of 1.26 lakh in 2021 and 1.98 lakh in 2031.
“Kakkanad is one of the rapidly developing areas of the city.  It has witnessed significant growth in the residential, commercial and retail sectors in the past few years.  Growth in IT sector has been one of the major factors of rapid development of Kakkanad. Early completion of this corridor would help us to improve the viability of Phase-I of the Kochi Metro Project, as it will augment the revenues for KMRL due to the additional ridership coming from the high growth areas of Kakkanad. We will start the process for land acquisition immediately," Mr Elias George, Managing Director, KMRL, said.
The investment will be as follows: State government Rs 300 crores, Union Government Rs 300 crores, State government Rs 141 crores (for land acquisition), Development of land Rs 100 crores and Term-loan Rs 841 crores. A total of 35,036 sq m land is required.
Apart from InfoPark, several other projects such as the Smart City are proposed in the Kakkanad area, where the district collectorate and several other Central and State Government offices are already located.
Phase 1 of Kochi Metro from Aluva to Petah (25.612 km) is under implementation and it is expected to be commissioned in June 2016. The total expenditure on this phase will be Rs 5181.79 crore.
Phase 1A from Petah to Trippunithura (2.5 km) received administrative sanction on June 25 last year.
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