The 1.7 acre land, which the Kochi Corporation had acquired for the Atlantis Railway Bridge, will be handed over to the Roads and Bridges Development Corporation of Kerala (RBDCK).
The decision was made at a recent major city project review meeting. The RBDCK will acquire the remaining lands for the project. It is estimated that nearly an additional acre will need to be acquired for the project. The funds for the acquisition will come directly from the RBDCK, which is implementing the project.
After using the acquired land for the bridge project, houses will be built on the remaining land for people who lost their homes when the land was acquired. A report for the housing project will be written soon. The meeting also decided to expedite land acquisition for other bridges including Vaduthala ROB.
The assessment of certain buildings and structures located on the farms will also have to be carried out. The building division of the public works department would carry out the assessment of the buildings, said an official from the Kochi Corporation.
The proposed bridge will connect Panampilly Nagar to MG Road near the main gate junction of the Cochin Shipyard. The bridge that will run parallel to the upper south bridge is expected to significantly reduce vehicle pressure on the city’s roads.
Incidentally, the bridge project has been on the priority list of recent Kochi Corporation plans. The delay in land acquisition was the main bottleneck in its implementation, city officials said.
It was estimated that the land acquisition component of the project would require ₹48.87 crore. The Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board, which is funding the project, has earmarked ₹89.77 crore for the works.
The meeting was attended by District Collector Jafar Malik, MP Hibi Eden, Mayor M. Anilkumar and MP TJ Vinod among others.