In Kochi, the new Railway Over Bridge constructed by the DMRC near the KSRTC bus station was finally named ‘AL Jacob’ flyover during its inaugural function. However, Kerala Chief minister Oommen Chandy said the feeder Road from Kadavantra to the RoB would continue to be known as ‘Salim-Rajan’ Road. A row over the naming of the RoB had broken out with the kin of the late Salim and Rajan, two class 1X students, brutally murdered by a local goon 43 years ago at the present RoB site, objected to naming the RoB after the late people’s representative.
Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany, earlier, told the Chief Minister that the corporation council had passed a resolution to rename the RoB after AL Jacob and that Chandy should announce the same. The RoB would be named after A.L. Jacob but the approach road would continue to be as ‘Salim Rajan’ Road,”he said.
Initially, only one-way traffic — from Salim Rajan Road to Rajaji side — would be allowed through the flyover. Meanwhile, the DMRC, which too had referred the RoB as Salim Rajan flyover in its official invitation, announced the launch of a green campaign along with the project work. As part of this, all ministers attending the RoB inauguration ceremony were handed over saplings which they later planted beside the new RoB.