The Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) has launched the Hospital Road beautification programme along the side of the road adjoining the Maharaja’s College.
KMRL is constructing modern walkways on both sides of the Hospital road as a part of the Smart Cities Mission Walkway Project.
“The necessary approvals to carry out the work along the side of the road which is near to the college premises have been received,” said Kochi Metro Rail Ltd.
The KMRL had taken the ownership of the land belonging to the Maharaja’s College and General Hospital for carrying out the work following government approval.
“Now, we have to focus on shifting the Kerala State Electricity Board’s (KSEB) cables. Tenders are yet to be awarded,” said KMRL spokesperson.
According to KMRL, the estimated amount to be spent on the project work is Rs 9 crore. The beautification is projected to be complete within eight months of awarding the contract. The Hospital Road connects the Kochi Metro station at Maharaja’s College ground and the boat jetty at Park Avenue.
The metro agency undertook the task to enable wider footpath, green spaces and disabled-friendly walkways. Modern bus shelters will also be constructed along the stretch.
“The walkway project is part of our efforts to promote non-motorised transport systems. It will encourage people to walk from the Metro station to the boat jetty,” added the spokesperson.