Staff Reporter

GIDA has completed the alignment survey

New Highway to be linked to the existing road at four or five pointsProposed Coastal Highway likely to cost Rs. 120 crores GIDA to take up widening of road on Mulavukadu island

KOCHI: A survey to locate the spots to link the proposed Vypeen-Munambam Coastal Highway with the existing Vypeen-Munambam Road is likely to begin next week. Goshree Islands Development Authority (GIDA), which will oversee the building of the 23.5-km. Coastal Highway, has already completed the alignment survey, sources in the Authority said on Friday.

GIDA engineers will fine-tune the alignment, which was completed before elections to the State Assembly were announced. It is expected that the new highway would be linked to the existing road at four or five points to make it more easily accessible.

The 30-metre road will be a major link for the new projects proposed to come up on the Vypeen and Puthuvype Islands, including the single-point mooring facility for the Kochi Refineries Ltd.

The proposed Coastal Highway is expected to cost about Rs.120 crores, sources said. The Highway will begin from Kalamukku Junction where the Goshree bridges land and move west and take a turn to the north to Munambam where it will touch Maliyankara Bridge.

Meanwhile, planning for the development of road network and bridges on Kadamakkudy Island is progressing on schedule. The consultancy work for the project, which includes building of six bridges, has been handed over to the Kerala State Housing Board by GIDA. The Moolampally-Chathanadu stretch of the road will be expanded to 22-metre width. The Puthussery-Pizhala stretch will also be widened. The GIDA will take up widening of the 5.5-km. road on Mulavukadu island. The road is the arterial link for the island that is closest to the Ernakulam mainland. Paper work for the takeover of land for the project has already begun, GIDA sources said. The Authority is also working on improving the road link between Vallarpadam and Panampukadu. Survey for the work is expected to begin next week, sources added.