Kochi Metro track to soar at 16m over Vytilla

The average spacing of stations is nearly one km.

KOCHI: The Kochi Metro will construct cross-over viaducts at busy Vytilla Junction at a height of 16 metres, the highest in terms of ground clearance, while the highest point in the entire metro network will be at Muttom yard (18 meters).

“The elevated viaducts in both Vytilla and Edapally will pass over the flyovers and will have a road clearance of 5.95 metres. The average height of rail in the entire network from road level will be 12.5 metres,” a senior official said.

The 400-metre long four-lane flyover at Edapally being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 140 crore is expected to be commissioned in April while foundation stone for the six-lane flyover at Vytilla Junction costing Rs 190 crore will be laid by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on February 28. It’s expected to be completed in 18 months time.

It’s never an easy task for engineers to build the highest crossing of Metro Line at the busy Vytilla Jn since the construction of the viaduct linking Sahodaran Ayyappan Road and Mobility Hub will be taken up along with that of the flyover, he said.

However the proposed Rs 20 crore skywalk -- an exclusive alleviated passage way for pedestrians – at Vytilla was dropped due to technical difficulty with the two projects already coming up.

The average spacing of stations is nearly one km. The Alwaye-Pulinchodu (1.904 km) section is the longest in terms of distance between two metro stations while the Kaloor-Lissi section (0.490 km) is the shortest.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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