The blueprint for the traffic modifications to be imposed in the City during the construction work of the Kochi Metro Rail will be finalised soon.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) which is implementing the `5,182-crore Kochi Metro Rail project has held discussions with the City Traffic Police and other authorities concerned to chalk out a proper plan for diverting traffic.
The tenders for the construction of viaducts and stations from Aluva to Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kaloor, have been awarded and the remaining work is also expected to be allotted soon.
According to DMRC officials, the work of Kochi Metro Rail is expected to begin by this month-end and the traffic regulations will be introduced before that.
An official spokesperson of the DMRC said the agency that has undertaken the work would also appoint traffic wardens along with the Traffic police. “In projects like Delhi Metro Rail, the DMRC gets the support of traffic wardens for successfully diverting traffic. Here also, we expect to do the same,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Salim Rajan RoB, the second major Metro Rail-related work, will be dedicated to the public on Sunday.
The traffic regulations in connection with the new RoB will come into effect on Monday.
It is learnt that the Traffic Police will finalise the details by Friday, ahead of the trail run.
As per the initial plans, vehicles will have to use the underpass, near Kathrikkadavu bridge to enter and exit the new bridge from the Kaloor-Kadavanthra Road.
Buses plying to Vyttila can keep off the busy Ernakulam South Junction and bridge as they can reach Vyttila through Subhash Bose Road once the vehicular movement is allowed through the new RoB.
The DMRC spokesperson said that there is no need for apprehensions over the traffic chaos likely to erupt with the commencement of Metro Rail work.
“The work will be carried out only after widening the roads. The eight-metre stretch to be barricaded for the Metro will not mar the two-lane traffic as necessary widening will be carried out. All the apprehensions will be cleared once the blue print is ready,” he said.