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Need for new overbridge
The railway overbridge near Kozhikode railway station is in a state of disrepair.
The footpath slabs are uneven and protruding, the hand rails on both the sides are in a shambles, and the pipeline always leaks.
The entire scene presents
a shabby look to this busy area. The bad state of the rail overbridge is due to the inordinate delay in the electrification process
of the Kozhikode– Kannur rail stretch.
Three years ago, in order to lay the electrical overhead line, the Railway lowered
the railway track by about
This proved futile.
Later, in a highly complicated move, they explored possibilities of raising the height of the bridge by a feet and entrusted IIT Chennai to give a feasibility
report on this.
The delay in taking a decision about the bridge is affecting the electrification process in and around Calicut section.
The move to raise the
height of the bridge is an
impractical move in
The Railway authorities should quickly de-commission the existing rail overbridge and construct a new state-of-the-art overbridge to meet the requirements of the electrification process.
The new bridge should be designed in an ‘L’ shaped manner, having direct access to Oyitty Road from
the Railway station road, thereby avoiding the bottleneck which has become a nightmare for motorists.
This new rail overbridge would give the city a face
lift and the Kozhikode railway station, a second entrance. Would the railway authorities explore the possibility of constructing a new rail overbridge at the earliest?
Sudheer Sekhar Palakandy
The decision by the KSRTC to renovate its Palakkad bus-stand is welcome. However, its plan to shift operations temporarily to the stadium and municipal bus-stands within a few weeks could create more problems if
basic infrastructure is not ensured. The stadium
bus-stand lacks basic amenities such as urinals, cloak rooms, etc.
The Palakkad Municipality has auctioned the services
of maintenance of toilets
to private parties at a cost.
Though the users pay a fee, the urinals are not
clean and are unhygienic.
seldom inspects the
services though it generates
revenue out of it.
The stadium bus-stand is crowded with line buses that openly flout parking rules. Often, commuters are unable to read the destination board as the buses are parked in the reverse direction.
The Municipality can seek the support of the Traffic Police to rein in
conductors and drivers
who flout the law.
After 8 p.m., the stadium stand is a haven for
The Palakkad Municipality should make arrangements for basic infrastructure
and passenger amenities before the KSRTC begins its operations from the
Stadium stand as it would take at least 3 years to complete the renovation work.
Fair auto fare
It is said action will be initiated from September 1 against auto-rickshaw drivers who have not yet fixed meters for record of distances travelled by the commuters. But the charges that commuters have to pay
still remain unclear.
Many a time, the drivers charge extra from the commuters and indulge in
an argument with them.
It is high time we considered the introduction of GPS-enabled metres to ensure clear fare reading and avoid confusions.