KOTTAYAM : The intermittent rain and ensuing water-logging have put the construction works on the Kottayam corridor on the back burner. The works for the Kottayam corridor, which is expected to significantly decrease the traffic snarls in Kottayam town, hit a major road block with the soil filling works taking a blow following unseasonal rain.
With the construction work on Erayilkadavu bridge, which is nearing completion, the proposed two-km road that would connect Manorama Junction on NH 183 with MC Road at Manippuzha, will complete a major portion in its works. The works on bridge that had commenced in June 2012, is expected to be completed in a couple of months, but the road works may get delayed owing to the adverse weather condition, said the officials of Public Works Department (PWD).
PWD assistant executive engineer Bindu has told ‘Express’ that almost 80 per cent of the construction has been completed and some minute works, that include setting up of connectivity with service roads and approach roads are remaining.
“At the same time, only around 40 per cent of the roads has been completed so far. Out of the 2 km distance of the road, around 1.3 km have to be constructed with paddy field filling, which warrants more time. The filling is getting delayed as the soil-loaded vehicles could not travel through the waterlogged roads,” she said
Earlier, the stringent rules in soil mining had affected the availability of soil for the approach road, which slightly delayed the work’s progress. “However, though, we have sufficient supply of soil right now, the adverse weather condition has been delaying the progress of the work,” she said.