Considering the burgeoning traffic in Tripunithura that gets reflected on Puthiya Road and the Karingachira traffic junctions at Irimpanam, there are proposals to widen both the prominent cross sections on the Seaport-Airport Road.
A decision in this regard was taken at a recent meeting chaired by Anoop Jacob, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies. Representatives of Tripunithura Municipality, Kerala Water Authority, Roads and Bridges Development Corporation, Kerala, National Highway, Public Works Department and Kochi Refinery participated in the meeting.
There is enough space to widen, so there are no hassles of acquisition, said Thilothama Suresh, Vice-Chairperson, Tripunithura Municipality. High mast lights at the junction and the traffic lights and free left flow of traffic are part of the plan. The NH and the RBDCK who have the working authority on the two roads crossing at the two junctions have been asked to prepare a detailed report. The idea is to have a median and also a footpath alongside since the pedestrians’ woes remain unaddressed in the area.
A drain will be constructed at the Karingachira junction and at Perininakulam, where water-logging is a problem. MLA funds will be used to construct these, said Ms. Suresh. The KRL has also promised to provide funds for road widening project, she said.