In an effort to address traffic chaos in Kochi due to Metro work, the state government will appoint 150 home guards more to regulate vehicle movement. While they will be appointed by the government, the home guards will be deployed for duty by the police. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting convened by chief minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday at Thiruvananthapuram. Briefing media persons, electricity minister Aryadan Mohammed said that the government has constituted a five-member sub-committee to speed up land acquisition for the Metro at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium premises. Other than the electricity minister, the committee consists of revenue minister Adoor Prakash, Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) chairman N Venugopal, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) managing director Elias George and district collector M G Rajamanickam. The sub-committee will hold discussions with St Albert’s College management to sort out differences over the acquisition of 98 cents for the project. The meeting decided to complete the process on a war footing.
For the construction of Pachalam Railway Over Bridge (ROB), which will be carried out by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as part of Metro’s preparatory works, the government will allocate “sufficient funds as and when required”. An amount of Rs 1 crore has been allocated for the renovation of drains and roads in the city. At the meeting, it was also decided to hand over the widening of Thammanam-Pulleppady road to the public words department (PWD). The Kochi corporation has been asked to pass a resolution in the council to hand over the road to PWD. The department will also be responsible for widening the Vytilla—Pettah road. The state government will provide funds required for land acquisition for the same. Regarding the resurfacing work of the road connecting the Metro yard and HMT Road in Kalamassery, a decision will be announced within 15 days. The district collector has also been authorized to fix the value of remaining land required for completing Chilavan-noor Bund Road. GCDA has already started developing the bund road.