It is a rough ride for motorists, especially two-wheeler riders, on several stretches of the seven-km Edappally Toll-Thevakkal Road. The condition of the road has been bad for more than a year with the rains in June and July worsening the situation. Temporary restoration work has not been able to withstand heavy rain that continued late into August and September.
Thomas, a businessman in Thevakkal, said the condition of the road between Kangarappady and Thevakkal was extremely bad and had remained so for a long time.
An official of the Public Works Department said the work to restore the road temporarily would begin within a week. Permanent work would be taken up only after the work on widening the Kangarappady Junction was completed. The official did not set a deadline for completion of work at the junction, which once used to be bottleneck on the busy road that helps divert traffic away from other roads, including from National Highway 47.
Work on widening the work was inaugurated in late May 2012 and has made slow progress.
According to the PWD official, the temporary restoration work would be taken up as work on building storm water drains and a culvert had now been completed at the Kangarappady Junction.