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Kochi awaits metro rail

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The elevated light metro-rail proposed for the city linking Aluva with Pettah (a distance of 25 km) through the MG Road would bring in revolutionary changes in ensuring fast, comfortable, affordable, non-polluting and accident-free travel through the city hub.

An extension up to the Cochin International Airport has already been mooted and there is public demand to extend it from the Madhava Pharmacy Junction up to Menaka. This would help lakhs of Goshree islanders, boat passengers, people who visit the High Court and parks on the city's western end and also the Marine Drive. The four-laning of SA Road, development of the Thammanam-Pullepady-Chakkaraparambu road, the NH bypass-Vennala-Seaport Airport Road, the Chilavanoor Bund road linking Thykoodam with MG Road, the Goshree-Mamangalam Road, the Goshree-Kalamassery road, the extension of the Seaport-Airport Road from HMT Junction to the airport and the development of roads lying parallel to existing arterial roads would considerably reduce traffic congestion.

Flyovers have to be developed alongside on the Edapally-Aroor bypass, at Edapally, Palarivattom, Vytilla (where two flyovers have been mooted) and at Kundanoor.

The opening of new shopping malls along the bypass and the proposed bus terminal-cum-mobility hub at Vytilla will even necessitate an elevated flyover along the bypass. Long-pending road overbridges at Edapally, Atlantis, Ponnurunni and Eroor level crossings, apart from the bridge parallel to the iron bridge at Thripunithura too would have to be completed to decongest the city.

Flyovers are also required at Kaloor, while the North and South overbridges have to be widened.

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