The sticky residue of Kochi’s Metro work


By Princy Alexander

Dumping of piling waste collected from the construction sites of the Kochi Metro is turning out to be a headache with the contractors of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) finding it difficult to get an appropriate spot to dispose of the waste.

1aOn an average, 50 truck loads of red earth, clay and black soil are extracted during the piling works along various stretches where the metro work is progressing. Soma Constructions, the company which has taken up the work from Kaloor to South, is yet to find proper land for disposing of the waste. “Currently, as per an agreement with the Cochin Port Trust (CPT), we are transporting the red earth and clay to their land at Puthuvype. However, the agreement is valid only for another ten more days, after which we will be forced to run helter-skelter for another plot of land,” a sub contractor with Soma Constructions said.

Though they approached several agencies like the GCDA seeking an area where they can transport the earth within the city itself, there has been no positive response, they alleged. Over a month ago, the contractors had dumped the waste at the Maharajas College ground based on an agreement, reportedly made between the college authorities and the sub contractors. More info