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Govt explores ways to put metro work on fast track – THE TIMES OF INDIA

KOCHI: The state government is exploring the option of purchasing land directly from the owners by registering the title deed instead of acquiring land from owners for the Kochi Metro rail project.

This option is being looked at amid concerns that acquiring land under the new Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act – which came into effect from January 1- would lead to delay in land acquisition for the Metro project, besides cost escalation.

Chief minister Oommen Chandy had convened a meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on February 4 and it’s reliably learnt that he had asked authorities to explore the option of purchasing land rather than acquiring it. However, a final decision is yet to be taken in this regard. But if sanctioned, then land can be purchased the very next day after the state level experts committee (SLEC) approves the land value fixed by district level purchase committee (DLPC).

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