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Capital roads project making progress

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JUNE 11. Steps to acquire land for the 42-km capital road improvement project comprising 13 roads, two flyovers and one underpass are progressing, the Thiruvananthapuram Development Authority (Trida) chairman, P.K. Venugopal, has said.

He told presspersons here today that the committee formed to redress the grievances of the landowners was now disposing of the complaints of 5,000 persons whose land had been identified for acquisition. As many as 400 complaints had already been cleared. This had helped to prevent the project from getting bogged down in litigation, he said.

Work on the Airport Road would begin next month, he said. Development of 65 junctions, construction of 35 culverts and widening of 30 culverts too would be taken up. Trida would have to acquire 20 acres in the heart of the city for completing the road improvement project. The acquisition needed Rs.70 crores and the work would cost Rs.120 crores. Civil contract had already been awarded. Work on the Bakery Junction-Airport Road, scheduled to begin in July, would be completed within the next two years in various phases.

The project to check flooding in Thampanoor was progressing. Work on the culverts at Thampanoor and the Power House road had been completed. Desilting of the Amayizhanjan Canal near Thampanoor Railway Station too was going on in full swing. Once the desilting in Pazhavangadi and other reaches were completed, flooding in Thampanoor could be contained completely, Mr. Venugopal said.

Primary work on 12 mini drinking water projects costing Rs.10 crores had begun and would be completed in six months. The Archaeology and Tourism Departments were developing East Fort as heritage zone at an estimated cost of Rs.5.5 crores. Renovation of Gandhi Park had been completed. Steps had been taken to set up a new bus station at Eenchakkal and renovate the Thampanoor bus station. The beautification of Shanghumughom was estimated to cost Rs.3 crores and Rs.35 lakhs would be given to the Corporation to renovate the Shangumughom Palace. These were some of the achievements of the Government in the capital development initiative, he said.

The construction of flats at Medical College that began in 1995 had been completed. The flats would be allotted within two months. Work order had been issued for constructing a new block to rehabilitate the traders in Palayam who would be displaced on commencing the Palayam development scheme. Land acquisition for developing the Vellayambalam-Thycaud and Karamana-Pappanamcode Roads was progressing. Steps had been taken to construct trade centres at Chala, Kesavadasapuram and Kazhakkoottam. Renovation of the Vallakadavu boathouse would be completed by Onam, Mr. Venugopal said.

Development works costing Rs.1,000 crores were progressing. No other Government had taken such a major initiative and this was due to the political will of the Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, he said. Thiruvananthapuram would become one of the best cities in the South within the next two years. But the projects could be completed only with the cooperation of all concerned and he sought the cooperation of the public to expedite the process.

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