Staff Reporter

First consignment of materials to reach today

Materials to be stored in space between pillars

Shifting of utilities for CRIP almost over

Thiruvananthapuram: The first consignment of materials for the construction of the flyover at the Bakery junction is expected to arrive in the city by Thursday morning.

The space between the pillars of the flyover, which is at present being used as a parking space by motorists, will be cordoned off and barricaded for storing support and structural materials.

Meanwhile, shifting of utilities on three corridors under the 42-km City Road Improvement Project (CRIP) is also nearing completion.

Officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) said these corridors would soon be handed over to Thiruvananthapuram Road Development Company Limited (TRDCL), private consortium of companies executing the project.

Principal Secretary of Public Works Department Tom Jose said shifting of electrical poles on the Pattom-Kowdiar and Vanross-Oottukuzhy corridors had been completed and that on the Peroorkada-Vazhayila road would be completed this week.

“The company had insisted on the transfer of at least three corridors without encumbrance before starting the work,” he said.

Around 600 electric posts are yet to be relocated in the remaining road corridors. Shifting of six electric transformers is also pending on different roads because of the delay in acquiring land for their relocation.

Land acquisition

The PWD Secretary said although on an average only around a cent of land may be required for relocation of transformers, acquisition of private land was a problem.

CRIP project engineer Ajith Mohammed said even though three different agencies were engaged in the process of shifting electrical utilities, the work was progressing only at the rate of around 10 poles per day.

“This is not an easy task because it takes quite some time to shift even a single pole. Even the Kerala State Electricity Board has not taken up a work on this scale. Local people keep complaining if the power supply is switched off for more than three hours,” he said.

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