The Cabinet on Wednesday discussed a scheme to improve road infrastructure in cities and major routes in the State and asked the Chief Secretary to draw up detailed proposals in consultation with the departments concerned.

As the first step, the Cabinet gave the green signal for a flyover on the National Highway at Edappally in Ernakulam.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the media after the weekly Cabinet meeting that the flyover would be built at a cost of Rs.180 crore and no toll would be charged on the users.

Proposals for other flyovers in Ernakulam would be considered along with those in other towns and cities.

Mr. Chandy said the government had decided to award the consultancy contract for the proposed monorail project in Thiruvananthapuram to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the contract amount would be 3.25 per cent of the project cost.

The road from Thampanoor to Kazhakuttam in Thiruvananthapuram would have to be widened for four-lane traffic as part of the project.

The monorail project for Kozhikode would also be taken up along with that for Thiruvananthapuram.

He said the Cabinet had also approved contracts for the Alappuzha drinking water scheme to be carried out by the Kerala State Urban Development Finance Corporation. The project would cost nearly Rs.43 crore.

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