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Four-lane bypass along NH to be ready soon

Staff Reporter

Completion of work on Edapally-Vytilla stretch is expected to take another month

Photo: H. Vibhu

More space:Well-planned bus bays have been built on the Aroor-Vytilla stretch of the NH 47 bypass. —

KOCHI: A four-lane bypass along the Edapally-Vytilla-Aroor stretch of the National Highway 47 along with its allied infrastructure will be ready by mid-December.

The four-laning of the 10-km-long Vytilla-Aroor stretch and maintenance works at the Edapally-Vyttila portion of the national highway was handed over to the joint venture agency Rameshwar Dayal and Son-Cherian Varkey Construction Company (RDS-CVCC) for Rs.114 crore.

Though the four-laning of the highway and bridges is over, work on re-surfacing the ill-maintained service roads, constructing drains, cleaning the medians and re-installing street lights on the Edapally-Vytilla stretch is expected to take another month.

The project to four-lane the Vytilla–Aroor stretch had been entrusted in 2003 to GEA Energy Systems and MECON. They could complete just over 30 per cent of the works, following which it was handed over to RDS-CVCC in November 2008. Work began in full swing by March 2009 after importing modern machinery like the new-generation hot mix plant, paver and a unique launching gear for bridge works, which was designed in-house by CVCC.

A highlight of the newly four-laned road is the nine full-fledged bus bays. Some areas on the stretch have six-lane width. The planned bus bays ensure free flow of vehicles even when buses are parked at bus stops.

We could plan our manpower and resources in an optimum manner and also took into confidence people living in the region, said K.C.K Nair, the CEO of RDS-CVCC.

“The maintenance of the Edapally-Vytilla stretch was entrusted to us in May and frequent rain hampered the works. The service roads were almost non-existent since there were no proper drains. Orders have been placed for more sign boards and no-parking boards. A kilometre-long creek bridge linking Kumbalam and Aroor was constructed in 18 months time.”

The firm would ensure the upkeep of the Edapally-Aroor stretch for another year. The Authority's Project Director C.T. Abraham said that the Corporation of Cochin has to ensure that the stretch is well-lit.

As of now, even light poles that bear advertisements do not function, with the result that many pedestrians crossing the road were run over by speeding vehicles. The over growth of shrubs and lack of pedestrian lines at junctions is another reason for the increase in accidents. Though huge potholes dot the busy service roads between Vytilla Junction and the Vytilla bridge, the NHAI has not yet repaired them.

This stretch now has five major bridges, a minor bridge and four underpasses for easy crossover of vehicles and pedestrians in the east-west direction. The notification for collecting toll for using the stretch is expected soon.

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