The bridge is coming up at a cost of Rs. 2.25 crore
The Rs. 15 crore Puttu Vikki bridge work and road widening work will get over by August this year. According to sources in the Coimbatore Corporation the work was progressing at the expected pace after Mayor S.M. Velusamy and other officials inaugurated the commencement of the work in February this year.
The State Government sanctioned Rs. 15 crore for the project as a grant under the Infrastructure Amenities Fund. Of the Rs. 15 crore, the Corporation would utilise Rs. 2.25 crore for the bridge and the rest for widening the Ukkadam-Kovaipudur Road of 9.70 km.
The sources said that the civic body would increase the road width from 3.5 m to 4 m to enable easy movement of vehicles.
The civic body would take up the road work in the near future and complete all the work by August, the six-month period given for execution.
The sources said that as part of the work, the Corporation would also strengthen the bunds of the Perur lake for 600m to enable movement of heavy vehicles.
Once the work was complete, it would pave way for decongestion of the busy Athupalam area as those proceeding from Ukkadam to Kovaipudur and areas south thereof could use the road. Likewise, people from the Coimbatore by-pass could enter the city avoiding Kuniamuthur and Athupalam.
It would also enable the State Government to construct the proposed flyover in the area as the new road could be used to divert the traffic.