11 July Saturday

Alappuzha Bypass To Be A Reality Soon : Railway Lends Nod For Overbridge Girders At Kuthirapanthy

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Saturday May 30, 2020


Thiruvananthapuram : The much-awaited bypass dream of  Alappuzha residents   will soon be a reality, said Minister for Public Works, G Sudhakaran.  In the last hitch now overcome, Railway authorities approved the overbridge girders slated to be laid above the tracks at Kuthirapanthy.


Two rail overbridges(RoBs), one at Malikamukku and other at Kuthirapanthy,    are part of the bypass project. Each RoB has five girders to it. Last year, when works progressed at rapid pace, the Railways raised objections to  cambers - the arched shape on the surface - between the girders, citing minor measurement mismatch.


The problems pertaining to cambers were resolved  soon enough and girders at Malikamukku were installed early  this January following Railways nod. However,  the approval for Kuthirapanthy girders met with inordinate delay prompting minister G Sudhakaran to write to Railway Board Chairman and the Ministry, to expedite the approval.


Now with Railways lending the nod, girders would be laid and concreting works begin. Seventy percent of construction works  have been completed and with the two rail overbridges in place, Alappuzha bypass will become operational by August, said Minister  Sudhakaran.


The two-lane bypass road is 6.8 km long and  will link Kommady on the north and Kalarcode on the south and pass by the western side of National Highway 66.