The construction work of the Edappally flyover began here on Thursday. Inaugurating the works Minister for Public Works V K Ibrahim Kunju said that the construction will be completed within 18 months. The flyover comes with huge financial requirements.
Nearly Rs.27 crore will be required to complete the basic structure of the flyover. The total cost of the flyover is approximated at Rs. 140 crore. The flyover design consists of parallel bridges, service roads, escalators, footpaths, drainage systems and utility ducts. Around Rs. 5 crore will be needed for these works and Rs. 9 crore will be required for other miscellaneous expenditures.
Under the heads of design and agency charge, Rs. 3.05 crore will have to be given to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Though Kochi Metro has agreed to fund Rs. 40 crore to acquire lands which comes under areas adjacent to the flyover and designated for metro works, the corporation will have to finance Rs. 54 crore towards completing the land acquisition for the project.
The Kerala Road Fund Board and Kochi Metro will finance Rs. 50 crore each for the flyover. Of this the Kerala Road Fund Board has already handed over Rs. 25 crore and Kochi Corporation will spend Rs. 40 crore for the flyover. The height of the flyover, which will have a common foundation with the upcoming metro rail structure, is fixed at 18 metre.