KOCHI: The construction of the Perandoor Canal Road, connecting Perandoor Balabhadra Temple to Kayappilly and Fishermen Colony has been completed, thereby increasing the chances for a new parallel road to the already congested Pottakkuzhi Road.
The nearly one-km road is 8-metre wide. The entire stretch has been beautified with footpath laden with modern interlock tiles.
The pavement sports benches that give a view of the beautiful and serene backwaters.
“The road is constructed along the rear end stretch of the canal. After cleaning of the canal last year, we created awareness among the families residing in the area on the need for keeping the canal clean. As a result, the canal is clean to an extent, making the new road a good option for many people to take a morning or evening walk,” said M Anilkumar, councillor of the division.
He said he had also presented a proposal before the Kochi Mayor for a water purification project. “The Mayor said he would consider it. Initially, a team of chemical engineers should inspect the water and prepare a detailed report after conducting a study,” he said.
Regarding the new road, Anilkumar said that the project which was implemented in a phased manner, is an integration of various infrastructure development projects. With the implementation of the project, four colonies located in the area will get a permanent road and have better accessibility. It will help residents of Perandoor area reach Kayappilly more easily. “The total cost of the project is `1.7 crore. Of the total cost, `60 was allotted by S Sarma, from his own fund, during his last term as Minister. The remaining amount was from Plan Fund and the division fund,” he said.
Nearly 1,000 people residing in Kayappilly colony and the families in fishermen colony will get the maximum benefit of the road.
Along with that, the road will also connect with several pocket roads like Tagor Line,Kayappilly line and Alunkal Line.
“The road was construed with a plan that will help in developing a parallel road to Amrita Hospital in future. It can also be used as cycling track for children as the traffic is less here,” he said