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Work on VJT Hall-LMS road to be over by end of the month

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Special Correspondent

Construction of flyover at Bakery Junction likely to be over by December

Thiruvananthapuram: The widening and reconstruction of MG Road from the VJT Hall to the LMS junction is expected to be completed by the end of August. The six-lane road will have an 18-metre carriageway, a two-metre footpath on either side and a 30-cm-wide median in the middle.

The preparatory work on the stretch has picked up after all the shops in front of the Palayam Connemera Market were demolished for widening. The first phase of the reconstruction work involves replacing the masonry side drains with RCC ones. The road profile will be corrected in the subsequent phase and the surface redone with a granular sub-base, wet mix macadam and bituminous macadam as intermediate layers, and bituminous concrete for the surface.

The VJT-LMS road is a key component of the proposed six-lane road from Palayam to Attakulangara. Once completed, it will change the face of the Palayam commercial area and relieve the traffic congestion.

Meanwhile, work on the LMS-Vellayambalam road has picked up after a lull. The widening on the stretch was held up for more than a month after the Government ordered a review of the decision to cut down avenue trees. The issue was sorted out after discussions with environmental activists and people's representatives.

The construction of the flyover at the Bakery Junction has moved into top gear. Project engineers said the work was expected to be completed by December if the North-East monsoon does not play spoilsport. Work on 10 of the 13 piers, which will support the superstructure of the flyover, is progressing on schedule. The construction of the remaining three piers will begin soon.

The casting of the concrete slabs for the flyover is slated to begin by the end of August. The concrete pillars will support a box-type superstructure for the 11-metre-wide road. The piles are embedded in rock up to a depth of 1.2 metres.

Originating from the Panjappura junction, the 524-metre-long flyover will provide an elevated bypass for vehicles right across the RBI junction and Bakery Junction up to the Lutheran church at Panavila. It will be an extension of the underpass from Palayam to the Panjappura junction.

The structure will have an elevation of 5.5 m at its highest point. The carriageway will accommodate three-lane bi-directional traffic. It will have no access for pedestrians. The superstructure will be provided with crash barriers on the side to minimise the risk of accidents.

The flyover is a major component of the proposed inner ring road covering Palayam, Bakery Junction, Panavila, Thampanoor, Overbridge, Uppidamoodu, Vanchiyoor, Pattoor and the General Hospital junction.

The service road opposite the Reserve Bank of India office at the Bakery Junction will also be completed in a month.

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