Close on the heels of State government giving its nod for Palarivattom flyover, administrative sanction is expected this month for a flyover at Vyttila, the biggest junction in Kerala.
It is also among the most congested junction in the State with motorists having to wait for close to half an hour during peak hours to cross the junction. KITCO had suggested two four-lane mini flyovers on the northern and southern sides of the junction, while NHAI had drawn up plans for a conventional six-lane flyover at the junction.
The advantage of KITCO’s design is that Kochi Metro need not take a steep gradient at the junction. This would be inevitable in case of a conventional flyover since metro’s via duct will have to be built over the flyover. Moreover, land acquisition for the twin flyovers would be minimal.
Currently, the fate of a pedestrian skywalk proposed at the junction is hanging fire because of uncertainty about the flyover design.
PWD’s nodal officer for flyovers proposed along Kochi’s NH Bypass P.A. Hashim said all flyovers would be built in such a way that they could later be made into eight lanes using grade separators.
Sources said the frontage of a few buildings and plots that narrow down the junction’s bellmouth might be acquired to make way for the flyover. KITCO MD Cyriac Davis said optimal use must be made use of service roads which either meet with a dead end as in Palarivattom or narrow down as they reach Vyttila junction. This would also help streamline traffic when flyovers are being built.
He also called for building skywalk or pedestrian subway at each junction on the bypass, since crossing them is a nightmare.
The nod for Kundanoor flyover is expected soon. Though a modern clover-leaf structure was proposed at the junction, it has been kept in abeyance because of the huge land acquisition cost. “Plans are now afoot to zero in on a design using which people who surrender land for the flyover can be provided alternative accommodation in building(s) that would come up within the flyover. This would in turn considerably reduce the cost of land acquisition.”
DMRC has entrusted L&T with the task of building a pair of two-lane bridges on either side of the existing bridge at Edappally prior to commencing flyover construction. There is a delay in acquiring 175 cents of land for the infrastructure projects. “We are ready to begin work (on the bridges) once land is handed over,” DMRC sources said. Just like in North overbridge, metro pillars will be built through the centre of Edappally flyover.