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Bad condition: The poor state of SA Road near Kadavanthra Junction.
Bad condition: The poor state of SA Road near Kadavanthra Junction.

Staff Reporter

The patchwork on the road will be completed by December 6

KOCHI: The plight of city dwellers who use the potholed-Sahodaran Ayyappan road may end soon, if the civic administrators are to be believed.

The filling of the potholes and patch working of the badly damaged road will be completed by December 6. The patchwork is being done at a width of 7.5 metres on both sides of the central median. This would ensure a smooth ride along one of the most-used city roads. Work is progressing at a rapid pace. The repair works are being undertaken even during night hours. The work during the night shift was disrupted the other day due to unexpected rain. However, work resumed during daytime, said an official.

The roadwork is being implemented as per the specifications of the Indian Roads Congress. Once the patchwork is over, a 11.5 cm-thick dense bitumen concrete would be laid on the road, officials said.

As per the work agreement, the contractor will guarantee the quality of the roadwork for five years from the day of completion of work. The civic authorities had earlier proposed to re-lay the road as per the international standards and, funds from the Asian Development Bank, Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project and the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban renewal Mission are being used for the project. It is estimated that the road project would cost Rs.10.7 crore and the deadline is April 2010.

The work of the Elamkulam parallel bridge, though at a slower pace, is progressing. The parallel bridge is being constructed for removing the bottleneck on the road, officials said.

The Rs.4.2 crore-project, according to the work agreement, will have to be completed in April.

The Kerala State Electricity Board has undertaken a project for laying its power cables along the road near the walkways.

This would help in removing most of the overhead power lines drawn along the road. Officials said that no separate cable ducts would be constructed, and cables would be laid in trenches.

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