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ENDLESS WAIT: The Kochi Corporation is yet to complete the four-laning of the Sahodaran Ayyappan Road though the work started a decade ago. Seen here is a narrow stretch of the road at Elamkulam. Photo: H. Vibhu
ENDLESS WAIT: The Kochi Corporation is yet to complete the four-laning of the Sahodaran Ayyappan Road though the work started a decade ago. Seen here is a narrow stretch of the road at Elamkulam. Photo: H. Vibhu

Staff Reporter

Flyover from Panampilly to Foreshore mooted

KOCHI: The decade-long endeavour to widen the congested Sahodaran Ayyappan Road (S.A. Road) into a four-lane road will get delayed by many more months.

The result will be a worsening of traffic hold-ups in the existing road, especially at Elamkulam and Kadavanthra. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) had set apart Rs.16.40 crore for developing the road, as well as three other roads. They include the Kaloor-Kadavanthra Road and Salim Rajan Road.

With most buildings in the land acquired for widening S.A. Road being demolished, the Corporation is awaiting inspection by the Centre's appraisal committee, to award the four-lane work and relocating drains, pipelines and cables. "The tendering process will take over a month and work can start only after the monsoon," said Deputy Mayor C.K. Manisankar.

The delay in widening the road had resulted in traffic moving only in two lanes, even in the four-lane portions. The untarred portions have not been barricaded, posing danger to motorists at night.

Under the JNNURM scheme, the acquired land will be added to the existing road and ducts laid to carry cables and pipelines. Footpaths and road medians will be built all along the stretch and streetlights installed. Junctions will be widened and bus stops relocated.

Flyover project

Mr. Manisankar said the Kerala Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation (KITCO) has been asked to prepare a study report on the proposal to construct a flyover connecting Panampilly Nagar and Foreshore Road. The aim is to decongest the south overbridge and make crossing at the M.G. Road easier.

The newly-widened Subhash Bose Road, that ran parallel to the S.A. Road, could be used by vehicles using the Kaloor-Kadavanthra Road to reach Vytilla. The traffic police, RTO and District Collector should take the initiative in this regard. Long-distance private buses could be diverted through the road, he said.

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