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State to give Rs.25 crore for Pulleppady road

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Chandy seeks landowners' cooperation



Setting a time frame: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy speaks at a meeting convened in the city on Sunday to discuss the Kochi metro-rail project.

KOCHI: The State government will give Rs.25 crore of the estimated Rs.78 crore for acquiring land for widening the Padma-Pulleppady-Thammanam-NH Bypass road into a four-lane one.

This was decided at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here on Sunday. The road will be crucial to divert vehicles when the Ernakulam North overbridge is pulled down, to be widened into a four-lane one.

Mr. Chandy sought the cooperation of the landowners so that the road could be widened in a few months' time. “The State government will provide more funds if the Kochi Corporation abides by its deadline.”

Mayor Tony Chammany said that a four-lane road could be built in six months' time if the Corporation got advance possession of the land required.

Mr. Chandy enquired whether the Rs.48 crore earmarked for acquiring land for the Atlantis overbidge could be diverted for the Padma-Bypass Road, which runs parallel to the SA Road, considering the urgency.

Benny Behanan, MLA, said that the road should be extended beyond the NH bypass, to reach the Airport-Seaport Road and later up to the SmartCity.

The National Highways Authority of India should decide whether an elevated road should be built over the busy Aroor-Edappally NH bypass or separate flyovers were needed at Kundannoor, Vytilla, Palarivattom and Edappally, said Union Minister of State for Agriculture K.V. Thomas.

Suburban rail enough

Opposing the metro-rail project, Corporation's Town Planning committee chairman K.J. Sohan said that a suburban rail system and optimal use of waterways would decongest the city.

While reiterating that the metro rail would ease traffic congestion, P. Rajeev, MP, demanded that the Pandit Karuppan Road at Thevara should be widened.

“The Railways should introduce mainline electrical multiple unit (MEMU) trains on Thrissur-Kottayam route. It should also install automatic-signalling system that costs up to Rs.40 lakh a km so that trains could cover busy stretches one after the other without awaiting signal at different stations.”

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