Edappally Flyover Work Begins

Published on: 23 Nov, 2013
Published under: Cochin District News

22 November 2013

Work has finally begun on a pair of bridges, flyover, walkway and other amenities at Edappally, with Minister for Public Works V.K. Ebrahim Kunju inaugurating infrastructure projects worth Rs 140 crore at the junction on Thursday.

He promised that the bridge would be ready by April 2015. The cry for a flyover at the narrow and ill-planned junction where NH 47 and NH 17 meet reached its peak after traffic snarls worsened following the opening of Lulu Mall early this year.

Though the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) readied a project report and awarded the work to L and T (the contractor for Kochi Metro’s Aluva-international stadium reach), work did not begin because of inordinate delay in acquiring land.

A pair of two-lane bridges on either side of the existing bridge will require 175 cents of land, with a four-lane flyover having 450-metre length and a metro viaduct passing through its centre forming part of the structure. The cost of the four-lane flyover is estimated at Rs. 27 crore. P.A. Hashim, the PWD’s nodal officer for flyovers that have been proposed at five junctions on NH 47 that passes through Kochi, said that all structures follow a design based on which they can be further widened at a later stage.

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