Saturday, July 13, 2024

Kerala Allocates Rs 378.57 Crore for Kochi Metro Phase II Pink Line Construction

In a significant move, the Kerala government has earmarked Rs 378.57 crore for the construction of the second phase of the Kochi Metro Rail project. The allocated funds will facilitate the development of the Pink Line, covering a distance of 11.8 km from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to Kakkanad through Info Park.

Kochi Metro’s Pink Line Details:

  • The second phase of the project, greenlit by the government in 2018, had an initial estimated cost of Rs 2,310 crore.
  • The Pink Line comprises 11 stations, with the detailed project report gaining Union Cabinet approval in September 2022.
  • The revised estimated cost for the Pink Line project stands at Rs 1,957.05 crore, with an anticipated operational date of 2028.

About Kochi Metro:

  • Kochi Metro Rail Limited operates as a joint venture between the central government and the state government.
  • Recognized as the first metro system in India to integrate rail, road, and water transport facilities.
  • The inaugural phase, commissioned in 2017, spanned 13.4 km from Aluva to Palarivattom, with subsequent expansions in 2017 and 2019.
  • E. Sreedharan, renowned as the “Metro Man of India,” spearheaded the construction of the Kochi Metro, adding to his notable contributions to projects like the Delhi Metro and Konkan Railways.

This allocation underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing Kochi’s transportation infrastructure, with the Pink Line poised to play a crucial role in the city’s metro network.

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