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TRIDA plans ring roads to ease traffic congestion

Staff Reporter

Part of capital city development programme


  • Balanced road system
  • Connectivity between regional nodes
  • Radial connection to Thiruvananthapuram

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A proposal to develop ring roads connecting important centres in the suburban areas and to ease traffic congestion in the city is being worked out by the Trivandrum Development Authority (TRIDA). The ring roads will act as a bypass to NH-47, MC Road and State Highway- II.

    The proposal is being worked out as part of the Capital City Development Programme. There was tremendous growth in city traffic over the years and the existing road network is insufficient to bear the increase in the number of vehicles. The proposed road network comprises an orbital and radial system. Two major orbital corridors, the midland orbital or middle ring and the highland distributor or outer ring have been proposed to improve connectivity among regional nodes.

    In the first phase, it has been suggested to develop the 50-km stretch from Mangalapuram to Kattakada along with the radial link spanning 15 km from Balaramapuram to Vizhinjam. The ring roads are expected to act as catalysts for balanced development of the areas that come under the ambit of Trida and dispersal of urban growth.

    Satellite towns

    According to the Trida chairman, P.K. Venugopal, the concept of outer ring roads supported by radial roads can speed up development of satellite towns. The adjoining land along the ring roads can also be developed. This will also trigger development of outer regions with good roads and facilities such as shopping complexes, schools, hospitals and business centres. The land developed is expected to fetch returns for constructing the ring roads. Traffic along the State Highway-I and NH - 47 can be diverted without entering the city. Thus the ring roads could act as a bypass to NH-47, MC Road and State Highway-II, Mr. Venugopal said.

    The middle ring road will be developed first. It has been decided to provide a road that can open up the adjoining land for developing nodal centres.

    It had also been proposed to acquire land for commercial, residential and other purposes. Work on the roads would be started during this financial year itself, Mr. Venugopal said.

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