Minister for Public Works V K Ibrahim Kunju on Thursday said the construction of Palarivattom flyover and a four-lane IT corridor that would connect NH-47 and Infopark will begin before the end of this fiscal.
Refuting allegations that the Kochi City Road Improvement Project has been abandoned, he said the consultancy agency for the preparation of a detailed project report for the development of eight roads in the city would be selected by December 15 and the report is expected in five months.
He was speaking after the review meeting of various infrastructure projects in the state here on Thursday.
He said three major projects worth `612 crore in the Kochi city have been included in the first phase of ‘Speed Kerala’ scheme. The construction of 5.6-km pilot concrete road project will begin at Manalimukku in Kalamassery on Friday. The road is being constructed from HMT Junction to Manalimukku.
“The construction of Edappally flyover has started. It is expected to finish in 18 months. Infrastructure projects of `472 crore would soon begin in the city. Tender formalities for the `72-crore Palarivattom flyover have started. The project report of the `400-crore IT corridor has been submitted to the government,” he said.
“The department has not given up Kochi City Road Improvement Project. Under the project, eight roads --Salim Rajan Road, Kaloor-Kadavanthra North and South extension, Edakochi-Old Thoppumpady Road, Kumaranasan Road, Karshaka Link Road, Edakochi Bund Road, Edappally Toll-Vallathol Junction Road, would be improved as two-lane roads. The land acquisition problem is severe in the city. We are planning to implement the project with minimum acquisition,” he said.
Seaport-Airport Road Work
Land acquisition for the second phase of Seaport-Airport Road is going on and will be finished by January-end. Procedures to make the road built in the first phase four-lane have started. The construction of the road worth `232 crore along HMT Junction-Bharata Mata College stretch will begin soon. The construction of two bridges across river Periyar has also started.