Kochi Metro Rail (KMRL) and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) urged Kochi Corporation to expedite work on creating alternative routes for traffic to pass through until work on metro rail project is completed.
It is learnt that the civic body has delayed work on setting up alternative arrangement for traffic. For example, work has not begun on the Atlantis overbridge, through which vehicles will have to be diverted when the South overbridge is pulled down and rebuilt as a four-lane one simultaneously with the metro works. The state government had handed over Rs 48 crore to the civic agency for the project.
The corporation is yet to widen the approach roads to the Pullepady bridge – another alternative route, despite snarls becoming common.
The government had handed over Rs 25 crore over a year ago for widening the Thammanam-Pullepady Road. The road which was envisaged as a four-lane one over a decade ago does not even have two-lane width at many places.
Demand for readying alternative routes for motorists has intensified owing to traffic restrictions imposed for an unspecified period to widen the Town Hall-Kacheripady stretch.
The fear is rife that the extremely narrow road in front of the KSRTC bus stand, where Salim Rajan overbridge ends will be choked with vehicles once it is opened to traffic. The sharp curves that lay ahead too have not been widened.