Thiruvananthapuram

Kazhakuttam flyover on fast track

Kochi-based company gets contract to build 2.7-km-long project for ₹195 crore

The work of the 2.7-km flyover proposed at Kazhakuttam along the NH 66 and the NH 66 Bypass extending to Karode on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border has been awarded to the Kochi-based company executing specialised projects and turnkey projects.

“Five firms participated in the biddng process and the Cherian Varkey Construction Company has bagged the works as they quoted the lowest amount of ₹ 195 crore. The Letter of Acceptance (LOA) will be handed over this week to the firm”, a top National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) official told The Hindu.

The longest flyover in the State capital is being executed under NHAI for the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to make travel hassle-free to Technopark, where over 50,000 IT professionals work, and along the bypass and to avoid congestion in Kazhakuttam, the main gateway to the capital.

The four-lane flyover is to commence from near the main gate of the Technopark in the NH 66 bypass that has been four laned by NHAI and terminate near the CSI Mission Hospital in NH 66 en route to Kollam. The initial proposal was to have a 1.4 km flyover. Later it was decided to go for a 2.34 km flyover that will terminate near Kazhakuttam police station.

The decision to extend the flyover up to CSI Mission Hospital was taken considering Kazhakuttam station of the proposed 21.82 km Light Metro corridor from Technocity to Karamana, convention centre in the stretch, future traffic volume and the four-laning of Kazhakuttam-Cherthala NH 66 corridor.

The four-lane flyover is to come up in 75-odd piers, each 30 m apart. The pillars to come up in the median along the four-laned NH 66 will have a diameter of four metre. The main carriageway will be 21 m.

Land needs to be acquired in the 1.3 km stretch for a Right of Way (ROW) of 45 m for the flyover and boundary stones have been laid. The 3(A) notification under the NH Act 1956 had been issued.

Survey

The survey for issuing notification for acquiring land under 3(D) of the NH Act 1956 is nearing completion, the NHAI official said.

Vehicles coming via the bypass from Chakka to Attingal and Kollam can move along the flyover and proceed via NH 66.

Those coming via the bypass to go to Sports Hub, Kariavattam campus of Kerala University, LNCPE, Pangappara, Medical College, SCTIMST and RCC can move along the bypass and turn right at Kazhakuttam junction. The techies can use the developed 45 m carriageway of the NH 66 bypass to enter Technopark.

The approval for the flyover was given by Union Minister for Surface Transport and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari in September 2015 while launching the works of the four-laning of the bypass. An underpass announced in front of Technopark had been shelved by MORTH as it was not found feasible. The flyover is to be executed as a standalone project under the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) mode.

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