Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: The Janakeeya Prathirodha Samithi (people’s resistance committee) formed to resist the move to construct a flyover across the town through its centre has said the proposal is flawed as no proper preliminary procedural formalities have been completed. There has been no techno-feasibility study or survey, says K.V. Paulose, an activist.

Santhosh Thomas, convener of the samithi, said the flyover would start near the railway overbridge at Nagambadom and cut through the heart of the town to reach the Erayilkadavu area over the Kodoor river and from there proceed to National Highway 220 through a road link via padasekharams at Kodimatha. It would pass over the municipal grounds at Nagambadom, the Jubilee Municipal Park (two of the open spaces in the town), the housing area at Chelliyozhukkom, the commercial buildings on Good Shepherd Street and K.K. Road, over the NSS Karayogam building at Muttambalam and the housing area at Erayilkadavu. Major buildings to be affected included SH Medical Centre, St. Antony’s Church, S.N.V. Sadanam, MD Commercial Centre, Mar Elia Cathedral, MD Seminary Higher Secondary School, Trugauthamapuram Temple and the ESI hospital. In addition, over 200 houses would be affected. The samithi leaders said that instead of bringing down congestion in the town, the flyover project would turn it into a dead town as traffic would bypass it. They alleged that vested interests were behind the project. “We are not suggesting any alternative alignment for the project; we want the project to be cancelled,” Mr. Thomas said.

The samithi leaders said what was needed for the town was a series of link roads and a ring road with a few bridges and immediate measures to decongest the unscientific and congested junctions. The samithi would launch their agitation on Saturday with a protest march and follow it up with a series of corner meetings.