Lack of Clarity Delaying Kazhakkoottam-Kesavadasapuram Road Widening and Metro Project!

Picture of Delhi Metro, Source: Economic Times
Picture of Delhi Metro, Source: Economic Times

Although administrative sanction has been given to the widening project of Kazhakkoottam-Kesavadasapuram road for the proposed metro project, the state government has not yet given a clarity on implementing agency and source of funding. The Kerala Rapid Transit Corporation Ltd (KRTL) will request the government to bring a clarity on the issue.

The highway belongs to NHAI and the Metro project belong to Kerala government.

Administrative sanction was given in January to start land acquisition of 6.7543 hectares of private land from Kazhakkoottam to Kesavadasapuram. The problem is due to lack of mention of requisition authority in the government order, land acquisition could not be initiated. This is because the highway belongs to NHAI and the Metro project belong to Kerala government.

The government order for construction of flyovers at Pattom, Ulloor and Sreekaryam, all part of preliminary works of Metro have mentioned that the fund will be allotted from the Kerala infrastructure investment fund board (KIIFB). However, government order for Kazhakkoottam-Kesavadasapuram road did not mention anything about the fund. KRTL will request the government to bring clarity on both the implementing agency and source of fund.

NATPAC had recently proposed average Rs 20 lakh a cent for acquiring land on either side of the road. Around 6.7 hectares is needed for widening.

NATPAC had recently proposed average Rs 20 lakh a cent for acquiring land on either side of the road. Around 6.7 hectares is needed for widening. The estimate for land acquisition and widening of Kesavadasapuram-Kazhakkoottam road is Rs 389 crore and Rs 121 crore respectively.

Widening of the stretch from Kazhakkoottam to Kesavadasapuram, which has an average width of 10 metres, is crucial for the metro. The land acquisition has to be done through the heavy built-up area, thus initial proposal of widening in 45 metres in 2012 was reduced to 30 metres and finally to 24 metres by 2013.

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