The state Cabinet has given approval for the JLN Stadium- Kakkanad extension of Kochi Metro. The approval is given for an extension which is 11.2 km long with an estimated project cost of 2017.46 Crore including taxes. The extension will have 11 stations such as Palarivattom Junction, Palarivattom Bypass, Chembumukku, Vazhakkala, Kunnumpuram, Kakkanad Junction, Kochi SEZ, Chittethukara, Rajagiri, Infopark-1 and Infopark -2.
Kakkanad extension needs 8.65 acres of land to be acquired for a cost of 140.68 Crore. There is also a need of acquiring 3.85 acres of land for the preparatory work on this route.
RITES had prepared the traffic studies and the DPR for Kakkanad extension. In their study, M/s. RITES Ltd. have assessed the peak hour traffic demand in each direction on JLN Station – Info Park corridor (via Kakkanad) as 7,939 in 2021 and 10,890 in 2031, and the average daily ridership of 1.26 lakh in 2021 and 1.98 lakh in 2031.
“Kakkanad is one of the rapidly developing areas of the city. It has witnessed significant growth in the residential, commercial and retail sectors in the past few years. Growth in IT sector has been one of the major factors of rapid development of Kakkanad. Early completion of this corridor would help us to improve the viability of Phase-I of the Kochi Metro Project, as it will augment the revenues for KMRL due to the additional ridership coming from the high growth areas of Kakkanad. We will start the process for Land acquisition immediately”, said, Elias George, MD, KMRL.