Kochi: Work on Kochi Metro rail along Maharaja’s-Pettah stretch which had been stalled for months may be on track soon. DMRC had to cancel the tender invited for the work a couple of months ago after only 2 firms took part in it. Sources said,”Now, 6 firms — including Tata Projects, Afcons, Nagarjuna and Soma Constructions — have attended the fresh tender invited for the purpose. We are going through technical evaluation process. The financial bid can be opened next week and the work may be awarded in mid-May.”
- The work will be awarded for 2 stretches — Maharaja’s College ground-South and Kunnara Park-Pettahto Tripunithura.
- DMRC sources said,”The nod for Pettah-Tripunithura stretch is yet to be received. Anticipating that all approvals for the stretch will be accorded soon, we have invited tenders for work along the Kunnara Park-Pettah/Tripunithura. Otherwise, we will have to invite separate tender for around one-km Pettah-Tripunithura stretch.”
- Now, the work along South-Vyttila and Vyttila-Kunnara Park stretch is going ahead.
- The land for Metro rail works up to Kunnara Park has already been acquired.
- KMRL (Kochi Metro Rail Ltd.) officials said,”We had given requisition letter to the revenue department for acquiring land. It is up to the revenue department to complete the acquisition.”
- Work on the project up to Maharaja’s College ground is progressing fast.
- CMRS (commissioner of Metro railway safety) will conduct inspection along the Aluva-Palarivattom stretch from May 3 to 5.
- Once the test is cleared, beginning commercial operations would be just a matter of time.
- It is learnt that the commercial operations along Aluva-Palarivattom stretch may be started in June.
- The team will inspect signalling system, OCC (Operation Control Centre) at Muttom, safety system, passenger amenities, tracks and announcement systems.
- Both KMRL & DMRC officials are optimistic of clearing the CMRS tests.
- The KMRL has already informed that they would start trial prior to commercial operations after getting permission from CMRS.
- The trial run may last for a month.
- If the trial run is found to be satisfactory, the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. will approach the government for starting commercial operations along the Aluva-Palarivattom stretch in June.