Kochi Metro extension line to open soon

Kochi Metro’s phase 1-A extension from Petta to SN Junction near Thrippunithura will be commissioned in April this year. More than 90% of the construction works have been completed and it is learnt that the trial run on the track would begin on February 12. The 1.8km-long line has one stop at adakkekkotta between Petta and SN Junction.

The new line was initially scheduled to become operational by March 2022 but the project was delayed for some months due to various reasons. The work on phase 1-B extension from SN Junction to Thrippunithura is also progressing and it is expected to be completed by December 2022. When the works on phase 1-A and 1-B are completed, the Metro will cover a total area of 28km with 25 stations. The estimated project cost of Phase 1-A, including property development is Rs 710.93 crore. The track-laying works on the new line have been completed and the furnishing works of the stations, including the works on escalators are progressing. It is expected that the extension of the Metro service from Petta to SN Junction, one of the major towns near to the city, will help KMRL attract a greater number of passengers.

The new Metro station to come up in Thrippunithura would be located near Thrippunithura railway station. The work on phase 1-B extension is expected to kick off as soon as the revenue authorities complete the procedures of acquisition of 2.38 hectares of land by this month. KMRL is planning to build an ‘elevated corridor’ without road below. Local residents have raised the demand for road connectivity from SN Junction to Hill Palace Road in Thrippunithura and had approached KMRL with a proposal for constructing a 22-metre road under the metro line, by acquiring additional land as Kochi Metro has already acquired land for constructing the pillars. This proposal was forwarded to the government by KMRL months ago but the government is yet to take a decision.

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