While the inauguration of the 21-km road from Pappinissery to Pilathara here, upgraded under Phase 2 of the World Bank-aided Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP), is tentatively scheduled for mid-September, after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan returns from the United States, the railway overbridge constructed at Thavam, near Pazhayangadi, as part of the upgradation project has been opened to the public.
The upgraded road, which has been almost completed, is already open for traffic. However, the stretch of the road at Thavam has been experiencing traffic block due to the congestion on the temporary road along the rail overbridge.
The rail overbridge was opened on September 4 following the directive of Public Works Minister G. Sudhakaran.
The Minister’s office in a press release said that the Minister instructed KSTP officials to open it for traffic following the information from local MLA T.V. Rajesh that the area was witnessing traffic congestion.
The formal inauguration of the rail overbridge would be decided in consultation with the Chief Minister after he returned to the State, a press release said.
The upgrade under the KSTP is almost over. KSTP officials assured a meeting held here under the initiative of Mr. Rajesh that the remaining work would be completed by September first week. KSTP engineers said the only remaining work was the installation of road signage and road safety measures such as signals, markings, and crash barriers.
The Pappinissery-Pilathara road upgradation project is one of the four KSTP World Bank-aided road upgradation works under the KSTP Kannur division.
As per the original agreement it was to have been completed in June 2015.
Later the deadline was extended a couple of times. The estimate cost of the project is Rs. 114 crore. The upgraded two-lane road has a 10-metre-wide carriageway including 1.5-metre-wide paved shoulders.
Though installation of CCTV cameras as part of road safety measures is not part of the KSTP project, the National Transportation Planning and Research Centre has proposed installation of surveillance cameras along the stretch.
The district administration has also recommended to the Road Safety Council to release Rs. 86 lakh, estimated cost of installing the CCTV cameras.
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