At a time when the construction of the Eroor-Mathur Railway Overbridge (ROB) is set to begin soon, the residents at Eroor have demanded widening of the Eroor-Kaniyampuzha Road.
According to them, if the road is not widened, traffic snarl-ups will rise with the construction work of the ROB.
“At present, we are using the Tripunithura-Vennala stretch to reach Ernakulam. This road will be blocked at Mathur Junction for work. However, the Kanniyampuzha road, the alternative route to Ernakulam, is narrow and can hardly accommodate vehicular traffic. Hence, it is necessary to widen the stretch before the authorities start construction of the bridge,” said members of Tripunithura Rajanagari Union of Residents Association (TRURA).They said the widening the road will make travel to Vyttila easy for the residents. “It is just two km from Eroor to Vyttila via the Kanniyampuzha Road. However, we are unable to use the narrow road. Currently, we have to travel more than 20 km around the city to reach Vyttila,” they added.
Meanwhile, sources with the district administration said the land acquisition procedures for the proposed bridge are progressing on a fast track.
Recently, the district administration has prepared a special rehabilitation package and it was submitted for approval before the state government. “Around 77 cents of land will be acquired from Mathur Junction for the proposed bridge. It has been decided to provide 7.75 lakh per cent for the residents who are surrendering their land,” sources said. They added that as per the current rehabilitation package, the shops functioning there will be shifted to a new place.