KOCHI: The construction of the flyovers proposed at Vyttila and Kundannoor, which was in a stalemate for one year, will kick start on October 1, 2015.
Announcing the decision here on Tuesday, Works Minister V K Ibrahim Kunju said the project would be implemented in the Engineering Procurement Contract (EPC) method.
Administrative sanction for land acquisition for the six-lane flyover at Vyttilla, at an expected cost of `109 crore, and the Kundannoor flyover, at an estimated cost of `80 crore, was granted in 2014.
Though work on the Vyttila and Kundannoor flyovers was expected to begin along with the other two projects proposed at Edappally and Palarivattom on the national highway, the projects got delayed due to changes in design and alignment, as well as land acquisition hurdles.
According to officials, the designs of the flyovers have been finalised. The design for the Kundannoor flyover was prepared by a Bengaluru-based agency, while the design for the Vyttila flyover was prepared by a Kochi-based agency, which were appointed through bidding process.
Meanwhile, the PWD will begin the procedures for widening the Thammanam-Pullepady road soon. “The road will be widened under annuity- BOT model. The government is planning to overcome the land acquisition hurdles through negotiations,” the Minister said.
The total project cost for the widening the Thammanam-Pulleppady road is Rs 300 crore, including land acquisition.
Meanwhile, construction of the Palarivattom and Edappally flyovers are expected to be completed by next year.
Regarding the other projects, the Minister said the PWD’s plan to complete 100 bridges in 400 days was progressing fast.
“We have already opened 17 bridges, while another four are ready for inauguration. Six more bridges will be completed by next week,” he said.
“We are planning to open all the 100 bridges proposed in the State by February 2016,” the Minister added.