Staff Reporter

Thrust on proper utilisation of Central Road Fund

Road renovation works inauguratedSlide drains to be constructed to prevent water loggingRoad markings to be carried out using thermo-plastic paint

KOCHI: Rubberised bitumen will be used in more road projects in the State and the Kochi Refineries Limited has been asked to step up production of the product, Public Works Minister M. K. Muneer has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating the Rs.4.27-crore road-renovation work between Tripunithura and Poothotta on Monday. The carriageway of 15.6-km roads would be widened and the quality improved to the National Highway standard with money from the Central Road Fund.

Earlier in the day, inaugurating the Rs.5.08-crore renovation work of HMT-Kalamassery-Eloor-Muttar road on Monday, Dr. Muneer said that unless the allocated funds were utilised on time, it would be difficult to get more funds.

"Of late, there is delay in utilising the funds and this has to be stopped. Other than better road connectivity, Kalamassery needs many more development schemes. The renovation work will be carried out using rubberised bitumen, which would ensure comfortable ride. The problem of water logging at HMT Junction will end once drains are constructed," Dr. Muneer said.

A total of 14.75 km of roads are being renovated under the project. This includes renovation of the 1.5-km road the connects Airport-Seaport Road with NH-47; the 1.4-km road connecting Seaport Road Junction with the Cooperative Medical College; the stretch from Premier Junction to Muttar Junction and the road connecting Aanavaathil with Pataalam.

The carriageway will be widened to enable two-lane traffic. Slide drains will be constructed to prevent water logging. Road markings will be carried out using thermo-plastic paint. The work is expected to be over before the monsoons.

Speaking at the function, K. Mohammed Ali, MLA, said the road works would give a boost to development activities in Kalamassery. People should cooperate with the road widening. Land acquisition is on to extend Seaport-Airport Road to Nedumbassery from Kalamassery.

Municipal Chairperson of Kalamassery V. M. Arifa and the superintending engineer of PWD (NH), C.G. Gopinathan, were among those who spoke.