National Highway bypass development in top gear

Road-levelling in full swing till Thiruvallam.

Thiruvananthapuram: The first 10-km stretch of the 26-km Kazhakoottam-Mukkola road on the National Highway 66 bypass will be completed by monsoon.
Tarring of the road is progressing near Technopark where the newly-developed stretches pass through a higher plain.

Three vital culverts under Karikkakom and Muttathara are almost completed. The road-levelling has been in full swing till Thiruvallam. The initial bitumen-laying has reached Karikkakom and the stretch till Chackai is expected to be tarred before June.

Around 20 out of the 90 piles en route have already been completed to build a 370-metre bridge parallel to the existing Akkulam bridge. Ground work is being done for the rail overbridge (ROB) at Chackai which is the only ROB in the project. On the other end, the retaining wall is being constructed on the banks of the road at Mukkolakkal.

Though levelling work around Chackai was hit by a ban on earth excavation from Akkulam hills, earth is being sourced from a handful of private-owned land.
“There is pressure on us to complete the work till at least Chackai before June. Some 400 workers are toiling to complete the work on this most used stretch leading to the IT corridor,” an official said.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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