After much delay, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has started Metro’s construction work between Maharaja’s College and Ernakulam south.
A consortium of Cherian Varkey Construction Company (CVCC) and Vijay Nirman Constructions (VNC) — which has been awarded the contract — has started the work near Jos Junction.
“They have started mobilising men and materials. Sub-contractors have been enlisted. Barricades have already been placed at the site near Jos Junction. The work will gain momentum once Onam holidays get over,” said a Kochi Metro official.
He also said that they have started work at Thykkoodam along Vyttila-Pettah stretch.
The Metro work on these stretches has been lagging ever since the Metro authority partially off loaded the work from the contractors who were earlier entrusted with the job. And it took considerable time for DMRC to invite fresh tenders and award the work to the new contractors. The consortium of CVCC and VNC has maintained that the work would be undertaken and executed as per schedule.
As the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) gears up to launch commercial operations of Metro services from Aluva to Maharaja’s College by the last week of September or first week of October, the DMRC has speeded up the ongoing works between Palarivattom and Maharaja’s College.
“Signal trials are progressing, and high-speed signal trials are also being conducted. The station works are also at an advanced state. Many of these are nearing completion,” said the official.