KOCHI: The delay has been inordinate. The monsoon is just around the corner. The Kaloor-Kadavanthra road repair work finally got under way. Lo and behold, telecom companies are out digging up the road! It seems the stretch from Kaloor to Kathrikadavu will remain pockmarked, with deep cuts and potholes.
Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) chairman C N Mohanan had promised to repair the road before March 20. But nothing happened. Later, the GCDA assigned the work to the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) which is now carrying out the restoration.‘Express’ on Thursday found telecom major Bharti Airtel had dug up the road near DD Towers to lay cables.
Apparently, they have been given permission by the GCDA even as the work is in progress. According to GCDA officers, owing to the telecom cable work, they are unable to carry out tarring in a uniform manner. “The work is getting delayed,” said a worker.
Kaloor South councillor M G Aristottil said the GCDA permitted the telecom work despite public protests.
“On Tuesday, when the telecom officials came to dig up the road, we notified the GCDA secretary and urged him to stop them. We also sought the presence of an assistant executive engineer at the site. But nobody came. The road was dug up at night,” he said.
Aristottil said no particular date has been mentioned in the permission letter given to the telecom company by the GCDA. “We will not allow them to dig up the road any further,” he said.
However, GCDA secretary M C Joseph blamed the Kerala Water Authority (KWA), which had dug up the road to lay pipes, for the delay. “The telecom company could begin the cable work only after KWA completed theirs,” said Joseph.
But he clarified no one will be permitted to dig up the road once the restoration work is finished. “The project is estimated to cost over Rs 2 crore. The monsoon is also about to start. But the KMRL has agreed to finish the work within a few days,” he said.Though attempts were made to contact Bharti Airtel officers, they were unavailable for comment.
The Kaloor-Kadavanthra road restoration is getting delayed, thanks to pipe and cable laying