The State government is open to any agency constructing flyovers at Edappally and three other congested junctions in the Edappally-Aroor stretch in a feasible and cost-effective manner, PWD Secretary T.O. Sooraj has said.
He was speaking to The Hindu about the proposals made by the DMRC to construct a flyover at Edappally for Rs.86.70 crore and two flyovers mooted by KITCO at Vyttila.
Mr. Sooraj said the government was yet to get detailed proposals from the two agencies. “We need flyovers at minimum expense so that the four junctions are decongested and motorists need not pay toll. As for the flyover at Edappally, the Kerala Road Fund Board (KRFB) has been entrusted with the task and its funds will be utilised. We are open to the DMRC or any other competent agency undertaking the work,” Mr. Sooraj said.
The PWD has taken up the matter with the two agencies, since the flyovers mooted by the NHAI at the four junctions would cost Rs.1,450 crore and motorists along the stretch would have to pay hefty toll.
Reiterating the government’s stand on the issue, Chief Secretary Jose Cyriac said the agency that would construct the Edappally flyover would be decided following a meeting of officials of KRFB, NHAI and Kochi Metro Rail Limited. “We are awaiting the DMRC’s final design on the project,” he said.
Reacting to the State government’s willingness to set apart Rs.180 crore for the Edappally flyover, P. Rajeev, MP, said handing over the work to the DMRC could save on cost as work on the Kochi metro’s pillars could be integrated with the construction of the flyover.
“As per the agency’s proposal, a four-lane flyover would cost Rs.42.10 crore. Acquiring 0.57 hectares of land would cost another Rs.44.60 crore. Flyovers are also required at other junctions in the bypass since work is under way on new shopping malls all along the stretch, including at Kundanoor.”
The NHAI’s six-lane flyover at Edappally is expected to cost Rs.700 crore, of which Rs.500 crore is for acquiring land.