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Key road projects make little progress

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S.A. and Banerjee roads remain congested

The year saw little progress of long-overdue development of three key roads that would have considerably decongested arterial roads such as S.A. Road and Banerjee Road.

The GCDA could not remove bottlenecks at a 200-metre portion in Thykoodam in the Chilavannur Bund Road, that would have enabled decongestion of S.A. Road. This would also have opened up a new corridor for vehicles wanting to go to the city hub by bypassing Vyttila Junction. The net result is congestion at Vyttila where flyover work is under way. On its part, the PWD failed to take over Thammanam-Pullepady Road from the Kochi Corporation, despite the assurance by Finance Minister M. Thomas Isaac here in December 2017. Widening of the key road would decongest both S.A. Road and Banerjee Road. Neither was progress made in hewing out Goshree-Mamangalam Road, which would have decongested Banerjee Road.

New bypass

The silver line is that the National Highways Authority of India zeroed in on an alignment for the six-lane, access-controlled NH bypass it proposes between Angamaly and Kundannoor. The road will begin 2 km north of Angamaly and end 1.5 km south of Kundannoor on NH 66, passing through Perumbavoor and Thripunithura. This would decongest the busy Edappally-Kundannoor NH bypass and the Edappally-Angamaly NH corridor, where daily passenger car units has exceeded the 1-lakh mark.

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