KOCHI: The work on the Vyttila flyover will be officially launched by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday. The preparatory works for the construction will also be launched on the same afternoon. This includes the demarcation of areas for the construction of pillars, securing necessary sanctions from various departments and a land survey.
The construction of the flyover will be launched after the completion of the preparatory work. Traffic will be diverted when the construction work is underway. According to PWD officers, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has already given necessary sanction for the launch of the work. The total cost of the flyover, including the approach roads, is estimated at Rs 78.36 crore.
The work is being undertaken by Thiruvananthapuram-based Sree Dhanya constructions. The bridge will begin from the old railway overbridge at Vyttila and will go in a unilateral direction through the NH and will land near the Shiva temple. The length of the bridge will be 702.41 metres.
The side roads will be developed with canals and drain on both sides. Streetlights will be installed at the bridge which will have 12 spans. The centre span will have a length of 40 metres. The Metro rail tracks will go at an overhead height of six metres above the new flyover. The Metro work will also progress along with the work of the flyover.
Meanwhile, Kundannoor and Maradu residents will observe Monday as a black day by lighting torches in protest against the delay in launching Kundannoor flyover on the NH 47 along with the Vyttila flyover.
According to Maradu Municipal councillor Antony Asamparambil, there is no point in constructing a flyover at Vyttila alone. He said if the construction of Kundannoor is not completed in a time-bound manner, the traffic congestion at NH will remain the same.
“With a majority of the vehicles being rerouted through the Seaport-Airport Road to reach Kundannoor, the junction will witness heavy traffic congestion. So, the Kundannoor Flyover needs to be completed at the earliest,” said Antony.