THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Thakaraparambu flyover is likely to be held on Wednesday, officials in the Government said. Meanwhile, test-piling is progressing at the site. Three of the 83 piles have been completed, said the officials of the City Road Improvement Project (CRIP).
The 510-metre proposed flyover will connect Thakaraparambu and Power House Road and will pass above the MG Road. The second flyover in CRIP after the Bakery flyover, the Thakaraparambu flyover is similar to Bakery flyover in many aspects. Both are full-length grade separators having 510 metres length and 12 metres width. Both are two-lane bi-directional roads. There will be 13 piers for the flyover.
Thakaraparambu flyover is part of the first Intermediate Ring Road, which passes through Vellayambalam Junction, Thycaud, Choorakattupalayam, Power House Road, Thakaraparambu Road, Vazhapalli, Kavadi Road, Pettah, Naalumukku, Kannammoola, Law College, PMG, LMS and Museum Junction.
The flyovers, along with the Palayam Underpass, are considered the major components in the road network development in the city for ensuring efficient and uninterrupted flow of traffic along MG Road. An expert committee headed by Dr N S Sreenivasan had suggested a flyover at Thakaraparambu after a series of studies in 2002.
REHABILITATION OF TRADERS
Meanwhile, the construction of temporary sheds for TRIDA is in progress on the Central Theatre Road. Traders on the Power House Road who need to be displaced for the flyover works will be rehabilitated on the Central Theatre Road.
Meanwhile, the permanent rehabilitation of traders is still on paper as the Education Department is yet to hand over the land belonging to Government Central School, Attakulangara. It would take one month to complete the works of temporary sheds on Central Theatre Road.
The work of Thakaraparambu flyover had been stuck up for years over the issue of rehabilitation of traders.