Protest May Hold Kochi Metro to Meet Deadline

Published on: 17 Aug, 2013
Published under: Cochin District News, Ernakulam District News

17 August 2013

Sixty-six coaches meant for Kochi Metro’s 22 trains would arrive here, beginning December 2014. But hardly 10 per cent of the work to level the ground at the coach-maintenance yard at Muttom near Aluva has been completed.

The filling of fallow land came to a standstill a couple of days ago after a section of residents of the locality opposed the transportation of mud to the site. They alleged that the constant transportation of around 300 loads of mud every night was damaging the narrow access road to the yard. The tipper lorries with their load were sent back.

Sources associated with the project said the yard had to be filled with 4 lakh cubic metres of mud and levelled by December. “But just around 38,000 cubic metres of mud has been transported till now. A few people are opposing the work, despite our promise that any damage caused to the road will be repaired by us. District Collector Sheikh Pareeth has promised all help to defuse the crisis.”

Only after filling the land can work begin to lay tracks, construct a workshop, coach-cleaning area and allied buildings. “All these must be ready by December 2014. Tenders have been invited and metro coaches cannot be parked on the road. Fifty per cent of filling works could have been completed before the rains, but for issues and pressure tactics by vested interests which are delaying the work,” sources said.

Delays like the one at the yard and undue interference from construction worker/head load labour unions at the metro’s casting yard in HMT and other work sites is already playing haywire with the project’s schedule.


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