Contractor has promised the authorities to complete the construction work within 25 days
Work at Kottara Chowki held up for technical reasons
Flyovers to come up on B.C. Road and at Maroli
MANGALORE: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will allow two-way traffic on the new flyover at Kuntikana here by the month-end, according to its Mangalore Project Director, P.N. Gawasane.
Mr. Gawasane told The Hindu on Friday that the authorities of IRCON International Ltd., the agency constructing the flyover, had assured the NHAI that the flyover would be completed within 25 days. However, painting, marking of lines and erection of signboards would be done after the rainy season, he said and added that this was the first flyover coming up in Dakshina Kannada.
Once traffic was allowed on the flyover, work on service roads could be speeded up, he said.
Mr. Gawasane said that in addition to the Kuntikana grade separator, flyovers would be constructed at Surathkal, Kuloor, Kottara Chowki, Nanthoor, Maroli (Kulashekara) and B.C. Road. Of them, the construction work at Nanthoor was yet to begin. Work was in various stages of progress in other places, he said.
The Project Director said that the engineers had come across a problem in completing the flyover at Kottara Chowki. The soil up to a depth of nine metres on either side of the flyover was weak and the approaches to it might not withstand the load of vehicles. Hence, the consultant was working out alternative techniques for constructing the approaches.
Asked why the consultant had not studied this aspect beforehand, he said they had taken only samples of the soil while preparing the project. However, the tests conducted subsequently, before taking up the work, had brought to light the fact that the soil there was not suitable for the kind of work being contemplated. Hence, the engineers had to think of some alternative technique to fill the land before taking up the construction of the flyover, he said.
Mr. Gawasane said that the work on the flyover at Surathkal had been delayed owing to a pending court case on land acquisition. Work on the Kuloor flyover could be speeded up only after the Mangalore City Corporation authorities shifted the huge water supply pipeline there. In addition, a private party had to shift a religious shrine. Works on flyovers on B.C. Road and at Maroli were under way, he said.