S. Anil Radhakrishnan

Work on three road stretches in progress

Various stretches from Alappuzha to capital city

Contract given to Mumbai firm cancelled

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The upgrading of 257 km of road stretches being implemented under the World Bank-aided Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP) is expected to be completed by March 2010.

Sixty to 70 per cent work on the three stretches - Kazhakuttam via Taikkod (Venjaramoodu); Venjaramoodu- Kottarakara- Adoor-Pandalam- Chengannur- Changanassery; and Changanassery-Alappuzha - had been completed.

“We hope to complete the first phase by March 2010,” a KSTP official told The Hindu.

The work on six km of the 12-km stretch from Kazhakuttam to Taikkod near Venjaramoodu had been completed and the work on the remaining stretch was progressing on schedule. The stretch would be a shortcut for those coming to the capital and Technopark through M.C. Road.

On the 96-km stretch from Venjaramoodu in the capital district to Chengannur, over 30 per cent of the works had been completed. The work on the Venjaramoodu-Ayoor section and a new bridge across the Vamanapuram river near Karate had been completed.

The road development works near Chadayamangalam, Valakom and Mercy Hospital were progressing as per schedule and without causing traffic disruption. The dispute over land acquisition near Pandalam had been solved, the official said.

Land acquired

Acquisition of about 51 hectares for road development along the remaining 127-km stretch had been completed. The renewed project had been taken as a joint venture by PATI of Malaysia and Bhageeratha Enginering Ltd (PATI-BEL) at a revised estimate of Rs.215 crore.

All major junctions along the stretches developed under the KSTP are being provided with scientifically designed traffic islands, pedestrian crossings and signals.

The newly developed road stretch from Kazhakuttam to Kottarakara has a carriageway width of 10 metres while that from Kottarakara to Chengannur has seven metres.

The contract given to the Mumbai-based firm Tarmat to develop 33 km of road from Kuttipuram to Thrissur under the phase one had been cancelled due to delay in executing the work, he said.

Re-tendered

The work has been re-tendered and is likely to commence in September.

However, the upgrade of the 45-km stretch from Palakkad to Shoranur, executed by the same Mumbai-based firm, is going as per schedule. The 52-km Thodupuzha- Muvattupuzha- Angamaly stretch that was taken up under phase one had been completed.

Besides the upgrade of 257 km under phase one of the KSTP, another 41 km of roads was taken up for Road Maintenance Contract (RMC).

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