The Edappally subway which was promised as an alternative to the railway gate at Edappally which has been closed since 2012, still remains a non-starter. The project was mooted two years back.
The subway which was proposed to shorten the travel time of the commuters between Edappally and Kunnampuram, Manimala and Elammakkara was announced by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy during the inauguration of the Edappally RoB in 2012.
The closure of the railway gate as part of the commissioning of the RoB has put 2,000 families living on either side of the railway bridge in the lurch as they are now forced to travel an extra four to five kilometers to reach the neighbouring destinations.
“In the past, when it would take us only 10 minutes to reach Elammakkara, we are now expected to travel extra kilometers to access the main road. The length of the RoB is considerably longer than the rest of the RoB’s in the city, which is very unscientific. In other locations, when the railway gate is closed in lieu of commissioning an RoB, there is better access to the RoB for the residents. However, in this case, the approach road ends are very far on both sides making it impossible for us to access the bridge. This is why we requested the Chief Minister for an alternative measure,” said Edappally Railway Gate Residents Association president Johnson said. Those who don’t have private vehicles are now forced to walk for 15 to 20 minutes to board a bus at NH-17.
In the past, there were five bus stops in the area. While there were private buses every five minutes before, currently no buses operate through this area, putting the residents in the lurch.
The railway gate is situated on the Edappally-Cheranellore road used to be frequently used by the people of Edappally, Vattekunnam of Kalamassery Muncipality and Cheranellore grama panchayat. A total of 2,000 families reside in the area.
The Edappally Railway Gate Residents Association recently approached PWD Minister Ibrahim kunju seeking his support. Also, steps to rope in the railways for the project is being sought currently. A reminder has been fowarded to the Chief Minister’s office.