The work on the much-awaited Thakaraparambu flyover moved at a slow pace during 2013 owing to various reasons, including the indefinite delay in relocating the shopkeepers who have been carrying on their trade around the site for years.
The flyover project was hindered from both the Power House and Thakaraparambu sides for several months, hit by the rehabilitation issues.
As of now, more than 30 per cent of the work on the flyover, which envisages connecting the second gate of the railway station with Thakaraparambu Road, has been completed. Of the total 66 piles, TRDCL, the company in charge of construction, has completed 52 piles. The construction of two spans has also been completed.
Having received the clearance to demolish a society building that had proved a major hurdle and after rehabilitating the traders from the area, the flyover work is expected to resume in full swing soon. The land where the building functioned did not belong to the cooperative society which made the society ineligible for compensation.
However, with the officials at the Kerala Road Fund Board and TRIDA agreeing to pay Rs 1 crore as ex gratia, the hopes of resuming the work have doubled. The officials are planning to demolish the building and continue the flyover work once the cooperative society shifts. Still, none of the agencies involved are ready to give an exact date of when the work will be completed.
Though there were plans to rehabilitate the Thakaraparambu traders on the land housing the Attakulangara Government Central High School, no final decision has yet been taken in this regard too.