KOCHI: The district administration has decided to acquire land for the construction of 12 Metro stations on a war footing. The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting convened by the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) on Thursday. The administration has to acquire land in Aluva west, Thrikkakara north, Edappally south, Ernakulam and Poonithura villages.
Metro authorities have so far acquired land for constructing 10 stations. The state-level purchase committee (SLPC) will hold talks with land owners to fix the procurement price. The SLPC will later forward it to the state-level empowered committee for approval.
The administration has also decided to issue 4(1) notification to facilitate the acquisition of 125 acres in Aluva west. It will also issue a similar notification next month to take over 108 acres in Thrikakkara north for the construction of Metro village.
Meanwhile, Union minister K V Thomas and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's (DMRC) principal adviser E Sreedharan held a meeting in Kochi on Friday to resolve the dispute over handing over a portion of the land leased to St Albert's College for Metro's operational control centre (OCC) at Kaloor.
Though the duo did not announce a decision, Thomas said he has conveyed the concerns of the college management to Sreedharan. The minister also held separate talks with representatives of the college management.