• Govt. allocates funds for key infrastructure projects

    The earmarking of Rs.50 crore by the State government for the airport extension of the Seaport-Airport Road is expected to provide the much-needed impetus to the critical thoroughfare that holds the key to decongesting the Edappally-Kundannoor NH Bypass and the Edappally-Angamaly NH 47 corridor.

    The Roads and Bridges Development Corporation of Kerala (RBDCK), which owns and maintains the road, is also expected to widen the Bharat Matha College-Collectorate Junction corridor into four-lane, as part of the project to decongest the road. The project is expected to cost Rs.28 crore.

    “We will take a call on how best to use the Rs.50 crore based on a Government Order that is awaited. We submitted detailed project reports to the government on the extension of the road. The extension is being carried out at a width of 45 metres, and a four-lane road is being built,” said a senior RBDCK official.

    The construction of the 5-km-long NAD-Asoka-Mahilalayam Road is expected to commence soon. The project is likely to cost Rs.280 crore.

    The total cost of extending the road from HMT Junction to the airport by 14 km is estimated at Rs.662 crore. Work is on to develop the 2.7-km-long HMT-NAD corridor.

    The funds allotted to widen the Thammanam-Pullepady Road has come to a total of Rs.35 crore, with the government sanctioning an additional Rs.10 crore recently.

    “The government had allotted Rs.25 crore three years ago. But this is hardly enough, since the total project cost hovers around Rs.200 crore, considering the cost of land acquisition for the 3-km-long corridor that will link Padma Junction with Chakkaraparambu on the Palarivattom-Vyttila NH Bypass,” said an official of the Kochi Corporation. Victor Antipin Jersey

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