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KSTP road to open in September

The 21-km road from Pappinissery to Pilathara, which has been upgraded to international standards under the Phase-2 works of the Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP), will be inaugurated in the second week of September.

The assurance that all the works under the KSTP’s road upgrade on the stretch would be completed by September first week was made by KSTP officials at a recent meeting held under the initiative of local MLA T.V. Rajesh amidst concerns about the delay in completing the work.

Work moving fast

The officials said the work was progressing fast and that all the civil works except the road marking would be completed by September 5.

The Pappinissert-Pilathara road upgrade project, one of the four KSTP World Bank-aided road upgrade works under the KSTP Kannur Division, was conceived in 2013. As per the original agreement, it should have been completed in June 2015. Later, the deadline was extended twice.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 114 crore. The upgraded two-lane road has a 10 m-wide carriage way, including 1.5 m-wide paved shoulders.

The meeting decided to arrange all modern facilities along the upgraded road stretch to ensure safety of vehicles and passengers, including safety arrangements recommended by the National Transportation and Planning and Research Centre (Natpac).

The main safety proposal made by Natpac was to install surveillance cameras along the stretch. District Collector Mir Muhammed Ali told the meeting that he would recommend to the Road Safety Council to release Rs. 86 lakh, estimated cost for installing the CCTV cameras.

Three types of cameras

The proposal was to install three types of surveillance cameras — those for reading number plates of speeding vehicles; for identifying vehicles that ignore the red signal; and for identifying two-wheeler riders who do not wear helmets.

The number-plate-reader cameras were recommended at Pilathara, Pazhayangadi Bridge, Kannapuram police station, and Pappinisery Junction.

The ones for detecting vehicles violating signals would be installed at spots having traffic signals.

The Natpac also recommended general surveillance cameras at 26 spots, a press release briefing the decisions of the meeting informed.

The KSTP officials told the meeting that such works could be taken up once the rain was over.

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