The work of Kochi Metro Rail’s extension up to Tripunithura from Petta is progressing as per the deadline. The first precast girder and viaduct for the stretch was placed near Panamkutty Bridge at Petta on Thursday.
The Phase I extension of Kochi Metro consists of two stretches, first from Petta to SN Junction and a two-lane bridge across the Panamkutty river. The estimated cost of the work is Rs. 360 crore.
“Kochi Metro restarted the construction work on April 21. It followed Covid protocol in all aspects. Despite the challenges, we were able to retain the labour force. We are planning to complete the construction in a time-bound manner,” said Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) managing director Alkesh Kumar Sharma.
As the contract with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has ended with the construction up to Petta from Aluva, KMRL is directly executing the work. The contractors of the Phase I extension is KEC-CCECC JV and the work was launched on October 16, 2019.
Meanwhile, the tender for the second stretch from SN Junction to Tripunithura Terminal was called on May 18. The tender was opened on July 14 and was awarded to KEC-VNC joint venture. This tender was awarded in a shortest period of 20 days, on August 3.