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Maiden trip:A line of government vehicles led by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan's car traverse the flyover at the Bakery Junction on Tuesday evening. –
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Amidst fanfare and after a delay of over five years owing to a host of problems, the 510-metre-long flyover across Bakery Junction in the capital, the first full-grade separator in the State, was thrown open for vehicular traffic by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on Tuesday.
The Chief Minister, who formally inaugurated the flyover by cutting the ribbon in the presence of his Cabinet colleagues, MPs, MLAs and Mayor C. Jayan Babu at Panchapura Junction, later drove through the flyover in his official car along with Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs M. Vijayakumar and V. Sivankutty, MLA.
In his address, the Chief Minister said that apart from the locals who had been facing traffic problems, hundreds of people from various parts of the State who visited the city daily for various purposes would be benefitted from the flyover.
The motorists will get the optimal benefit of the longest flyover in the capital only after the road development work on the Panavila-Thampanoor- Overbridge stretch is completed. Constructed as a link to the Palayam underpass, the flyover, a major component of the City Roads Improvement Project (CRIP), provides a route across the arterial road for vehicles coming from Chakka, Pettah, General Hospital, Asan Square towards Thampanoor. Built on 13 concrete piers, the flyover has an 11m wide carriageway with concrete crash barriers on both sides. The 14-span bridge will be exclusively for vehicles.
V. Sivankutty, MLA, welcomed the gathering and Mr. Vijayakumar presided over the function. Transport Minister Jose Thettayil, Devaswom Minister Kadannappally Ramachandran; M.P. Achuthan, A. Sampath, K.N. Balagopal, all MPs; former Public Works Minister Mons Joseph, V. Surendran Pillai, MLA; KSTP Director who is holding charge of PWD Secretary Sanjeev Kaushik, District Collector Sanjay Kaul, and TRDCL officials spoke.
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