New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the second phase of the Kochi Metro Rail project, which will have 11 stations covering a length of over 11 km and will cost Rs 1,957 crore.
In a statement after the cabinet meeting, the government said preparatory work for the second phase, including road widening of the Seaport Airport Road, is progressing well.
The first phase in Kochi from Aluva to Petta, covering a length of 25.6 km with 22 stations at an estimated completion cost of Rs. 5181.79 crore, is fully operational.
The second phase from JLN Stadium to Infopark will pass through Kakkanad.
"The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the implementation of the Kochi metro Rail Phase II of Kochi Metro Rail Project from JLN Stadium to Infopark via Kakkanad, at a cost of Rs 1,957.05 crore, with a length of 11.17 Kms and 11 stations," the statement stated.
The Kochi Metro Phase 1A project of viaduct of 1.80 km between Petta and SN Junction with an approved cost of Rs 710.93 crore is being implemented as a state sector project.
Kochi Metro Phase 1 B Project of 1.20 km from SN Junction to Thripunithura Terminal is also under construction as state sector project.
Kochi is Kerala's most densely populated city and is part of an extended metropolitan region, which is the largest urban agglomeration in the state.
The Kochi metropolitan area is estimated to have had population of about 20.8 lakh in 2013, 25.8 lakh in 2021 and 33.12 lakh by 2031.
Kerala CM thanks PM Modi for approving 2nd phase of Kochi Metro
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for approving the second phase of Kochi Metro, saying that it was a "great support" for development of the transport infrastructure in the state.
Vijayan also extended Onam greetings to Modi.
Modi, who was in Kerala for a two-day visit last week, had laid the foundation stone of Kochi Metro Phase- II project which connects JLN stadium metro station to Infopark via Kakkanad.
Modi had said that the phase-II of Kochi Metro would be a boon for the youth and professionals living in the port city.
"I express sincere thanks on behalf of the people and government of Kerala for the approval of the second phase of the Kochi Metro from JLN Stadium to Infopark via Kakkanad.
"This is a great support for the development of our transport infrastructure. I also extend my hearty Onam greetings to you," Vijayan said in his letter to the Prime Minister.
(With inputs from PTI)