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NHAI’s intervention to fix crack sought

A crack covered using tar on the approach road of the Alappuzha bypass.

A crack covered using tar on the approach road of the Alappuzha bypass.  

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On the approach road of Alappuzha bypass

The State government has written to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) after a crack was found on the approach road of the under-construction Alappuzha bypass project.

Sources said here on Tuesday that Public Works Minister G. Sudhakaran on Monday sought the intervention of the NHAI to fix the crack.

“A 15-metre-long crack has appeared at Kuthirapanthy. The Minister had sought a report from the PWD (NH) wing and the official concerned submitted it on Monday. The government has forwarded the report to the NHAI for further action,” said an official.

Work over

Around 96% of the bypass work has been completed. But delay in the completion of two rail overbridges (ROBs) at Malikamukku and Kuthirapanthy has delayed the commissioning of the project.

The bypass work, which got under way on April 10, 2015, was originally set to be completed in September 2017. However, the project got delayed on account of various reasons and the deadline was initially extended to May 28, 2018 and further to August 31, 2018.

Second deadline

After missing the second deadline and an inordinate delay in the completion of the project, Mr. Sudhakaran last year said that the government would not announce a new date for the completion of the project.

Relief

Once completed, the bypass is expected to bring relief to Alappuzha town, which has been witnessing traffic snarls on its arterial roads for several years now.

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