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Setting things right:Temporary repair work in progress on the badly damaged Thondara Bridge on MC Road across the Manimala river at Kuttoor near Thiruvalla onSunday.
Setting things right:Temporary repair work in progress on the badly damaged Thondara Bridge on MC Road across the Manimala river at Kuttoor near Thiruvalla onSunday.

The District Development Committee (DDC) here has directed the Public Works Department to carry out the road repair works in the district on a war-footing.

Addressing the DDC meeting held at the collectorate conference hall here on Saturday, K. Sivadasan Nair and Mathew T. Thomas, MLAs, said that a majority of roads, including the Main Central Road and other State Highways, in the district have been badly damaged in the monsoon havoc, making vehicular traffic a nightmare for the past few weeks.

Mr. Thomas said the move to construct a median on the already congested MC Road in Thiruvalla town should be stopped. He said the median constructed in the town was removed following a series of accidents created by the same, earlier.

He called upon the PWD to complete repair works on the Thiruvalla-Mallappally Road at the earliest. Vehicular traffic and even walking for pedestrians have become a difficult task along the Muthoor-Ezhinjillom-Laikkad stretch of the MC Road. The Thondara Bridge on the MC Road across river Manimala at Kuttoor, State’s first bridge in pre-stressed concrete, has become heavily potholed in the heavy rain causing much traffic congestion.

Bad condition

The condition of the narrow Pannikkuzhy culvert on the Muthoor-Perunthuruthy stretch of the MC Road is bad and traffic blocks have been a regular problem in the area since the past two months.

Mr. Sivadasan Nair called upon the district administration to take appropriate measures for the effective utilisation of the river management fund.

Mr. Nair said the Water Resources Department should take steps to repair the Polachira pond at Kulanada without any further delay.

The MLA stressed the need to speed up the process for constructing the proposed DDC headquarters in the town. The DDC has entrusted the Kozhencherry tahsildar to identify government land for constructing a district office complex of the Excise Department. The Social Justice Department has been asked to prepare an estimate for installing a lift at the District Ayruvedic Hospital at Ayroor, besides facilitating the fund required for the same.

Presiding over the DDC meeting, District Collector, Pranab Jyotinath, said the Motor Vehicles Department has started assessing the value of all the seized vehicles that are lying at police station premises as a prelude to the auctioning process.

District Panchayat president, Saji Chacko, said steps should be taken to ensure prompt and timely functioning of various ration outlets across the district.

Satheesh Kochuparambil, MG University Syndicate member who had represented the local MP, stressed the need to declare Upper Kuttanad a flood-hit area.

He said steps should be taken for restoration of canals that were lying clogged in the Upper Kuttanad area.

H. Salimraj, Additional District Magistrate; Putta Vimaladitya, Superintendent of Police; C. R. Madhusoodhanan, District Planning Officer, and A. Gopakumar, Thiruvalla Revenue Divisional Officer, also attended the meeting.

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