Date of Post : 24 July, 2017
Thiruvananthapuram: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), has begun work to study the feasibility of extending the 21.82-km long Technocity-Karamana Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) corridor to Pappanamcode and for extending the flyover at Ulloor to Medical College.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is the turnkey consultant for interim works of the Light Metro.
- Tasked by the high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on July 19 to expedite the light metro, the DMRC has already collected details from the PWD, Natpac & the Kerala Road Fund Board about the Karamana bridge and road geometrics of the 2km long National Highway 66 stretch from the busy Karamana to Pappanamcode.
- Sources said, traffic survey will be carried out later in the proposed corridor if the initial feasibility report supports its extension.
- The Phase-II of the ambitious MRTS has been proposed from Karamana to Neyyattinkara & the NH corridor is being widened with this in mind.
- Extending the Tehnocity-Karamana light metro corridor from the 19th station will need only land acquisition for the 20th station at Kaimanam & the 21st station at Pappanamcode, as the widened stretch already has a median to accommodate the single piers of the sleek box girders of the elevated MRTS.
About The MRTS Corridor
- Every 7-km stretch of the MRTS needs one station.
- Land will have to be found & acquired by the State near Kaimanam & Pappanamcode junctions.
- Land to the extend of 30 cents each is needed at both the locations.
- The cost of the project will go up from the Rs 4,219 crore (Approx US$ 659.22 Million) by another Rs 320.
- As per the current rates, 1-km long light corridor will cost the exchequer Rs 160 crore (Approx US$ 25 Million).
- Considering the need for free movement of the emergency vehicles bringing in the sick & terminally ill to the MCH, SAT, SCTIMST and RCC through the NH corridor, the DMRC has already modified the design of the flyover at Ulloor and extended it to the Medical College side near the temple.
- The DMRC will also look into the feasibility of extending the flyover from NH 66 to Medical College as tasked by the government.
- E. Sreedharan, the DMRC Principal Adviser, who is reaching the capital on July 27, is to take a call on extending the MRTS corridor from Karamana to Pappanamcode & on extending the Ulloor flyover.
- Sources said, the initial feasibility report is also to reach the government by this month-end.
- Once the government gives the nod for extending the Ulloor flyover, it will be taken up along with the preparatory works entrusted to the DMRC.
- The government had already given the administrative sanction for flyovers at Sreekaryam, Ulloor, Pattom & Thampanoor costing Rs 272.84 crore (Approx US$ 42.63 Million).