Exclusive bus lanes on three routes in city

Special Correspondent

Sanction for Rs.435-crore integrated mass transit system

Road corridors of 28.43 km to be developed initially

Land acquisition estimated to cost Rs.101 crore

Thiruvananthapuram: The government has cleared a proposal for an Integrated Mass Transit System in the city to improve the public transport system and decongest major road corridors.

A State-level steering committee, headed by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, which met here on Thursday, approved the Rs.435-crore proposal submitted by the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project.

Minister for Local Self-government Paloli Mohammed Kutty and Union Minister of State for Agriculture K.V. Thomas attended the meeting.

The project involves the development of the Ulloor-Karamana, Ulloor-Kazhakuttam and Karamana-Balaramapuram road corridors, covering a length of 28.436 km, in the first phase. The corridors will have exclusive bus lanes along a length of 16.336 km.

The proposal is a mix of dedicated Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in the sections where road width is 23 to 25 m and one-way routes and flyovers in sections with limited road width.

The flyovers are to be constructed on pillars put up on medians to avoid land acquisition.

The project report proposes bi-directional bus corridor along a length of 9.791 km and one-way loop along 3.285 km. The flyover has been proposed along a length of 3.26 km between Ulloor and Kazhakuttam.

The corridors

The Ulloor-Karamana corridor passing through Kesavadasapuram, Pattom, Plamoodu, PMG junction, LMS junction, Fine Arts College, VJT junction, Secretariat, Overbridge, Thampanoor, Choorakkattupalayam and Killipalam will have a full- fledged BRTS along 8.5 km.

The Ulloor-Kazhakuttam corridor passes through Kochulloor, Pongumoodu, Sreekaryam, Chavadimukku, Pangapara and Karyavattom. The BRTS on this stretch will cover 6.9 km.

The third corridor from Karamana to Balaramapuram passes through Kaimanam, Karakkamandapam, Vellayani, Nemom, Pravachambalam and Pallichal.

The total land acquisition cost has been estimated at Rs.101 crore.

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