Overbridge linking three districts riddled with potholes

Staff Reporter
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Chandy opened Wadakkanchery bridge two months ago

The battered rail overbridge at Wadakkanchery.— PHOTO: K.K. Najeeb
The battered rail overbridge at Wadakkanchery.— PHOTO: K.K. Najeeb

The Wadakkanchery rail overbridge, which became a reality after a 75-year-long wait, has developed potholes within two months of its completion.

When Chief Minister Oommen Chandy threw open the overbridge, which connects Malappuram and Palakkad districts to Thrissur, in April this year, it was a dream come true for Wadakkanchery residents.

They thought the overbridge would solve their decades of traffic woes. On an average, more than 100 trains pass through Wadakkanchery railway gate everyday and the gate used to remain closed between 8.10 minutes each time. Serpentine queues on either side of the gate on the busy Shoranur-Thrissur Road were a regular sight.

Many critically-ill patients had died while waiting at the Wadakkanchery railway gate on the way to Medical College and other hospitals in Thrissur. But now, just two months after the inauguration, the gutters on the overbridge have been causing frequent traffic snarls. Even before the monsoon had set in, the tar-topping on the road started wearing out. The rain worsened the condition.

As the journey through Kuthiran on Thrissur-Palakkad Highway is difficult during monsoon, most of the vehicles are redirected onto Ottappalam-Shornaur Road through Wadakkanchery overbridge to reach Thrissur.

The authorities’ efforts to temporarily repair the road using metal and tar proved futile because the road was damaged again in downpour.

Local residents alleged that it was corruption that caused the pathetic condition of the road. They complained that no political party has come forward to protest against the condition of the road.




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