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Updated: February 22, 2012 12:50 IST

More world-class roads for capital city

S. Anil Radhakrishnan
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The VJT-Overbridge corridor, developed as part of CRIP. Photo: S. Mahinsha
The Hindu
The VJT-Overbridge corridor, developed as part of CRIP. Photo: S. Mahinsha

Stretches of CRIP's second phase to be commissioned today

The second phase of the City Road Improvement Project (CRIP), covering 9.5 km, will be commissioned on Wednesday by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

The 2-km Kowdiar-Peroorkada stretch; 2.75-km RR Lamp-Statue-Overbridge-Pazhavangadi stretch; 1.46-km Attakulangara-Sreevarahom-Enchakkal stretch; 2.7-km Museum Junction-Bakery-Panavila-Model School junction stretch; and the 600-m new alignment at Shanghumughom are the corridors that are to be officially thrown open for traffic.

Although the works on the 3-km Murinjapalam-Poonthi Road-Venpalavattom-NH Bypass has been completed, it will not be commissioned on Wednesday.

The five corridors form part of the 18.62-km taken up in phase II of the CRIP by the Thiruvananthapuram Road Development Company (TRDCL), the concessionaire of CRIP.

“Vehicle movement will become predictable as there is not much deviation towards the left and right from the carriageway. The commuting time will be reduced drastically and safety of road users will be ensured. Savings in fuel bill is another benefit for the motorists,” a project official told The Hindu.

Road users had been put to much hardship because of the delay in the roadwork. The work had dragged on due to a host of problems ranging from land acquisition to cutting of trees. Now, motorists can look forward to roads developed as per international standards with medians, signage, solar-powered traffic signals, and footpaths.

GPS-enabled streetlights have been installed in the VJT-Overbridge stretch. It will be extended to Attakulangara Junction once the Melepazhavangadi flyover is completed.

Busy junctions like Model School, Panavila, and General Hospital have been redesigned. Work on to 16.437 km of the 18.62-km road has been completed in the second phase.

It is heartening to see that action is being taken by the State Govt in urban development of Thiruvanathapuram. But it certainly helps that it is the State Capital, on whose roads the ministers have to frequently travel. The city of Kochi has yet not seen this kind of initiative from the Govt, which is unfortunate. Hope they have some plan to put in place for the city, and I am not talking about the Metro.

from:  Balagopal P. Menon
Posted on: Feb 23, 2012 at 13:07 IST
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