All Road improvement projects under CRIP to be completed by May 15!

Being unable to rehabilitate traders from East Fort due to legal tangles has forced TRDCL to drop the beautification project of Fort wall.

A high-level meeting of Kerala Road Fund Board (KRFB) has decided to complete all works under the City roads improvement project (CRIP) by May 15. TRDCL, the concessionaire of CRIP is racing against time to complete all the projects which began in 2004.

Ongoing projects include Thakarapparambu flyover, road widening works on Overbridge-East Fort stretch and construction of Vanchiyoor-Old Collectorate Road. Although TRSCL hopes to complete the project before the deadline, it is unlikely that some works will be finished off on time.

Current Status of CRIP works

Thakarapparambu fly-over: The work on the much-awaited Thakarapparambu fly-over is expected to be ready for commissioning by March-end this year. Construction of one-and-a-half spans remains to be completed. Thakaraparambu fly-over is the only major work awaiting completion in the first phase of CRIP.

East Fort Road Widening: TRDCL is yet to begin road widening and drain works on the East Fort-Pazhavangadi stretch and the Attukal Pongala festival has further delayed the project. Though decongestion of East Fort was the original plan, the TRDCL will not make any changes in the bus bay, which is a major accident hotspot. Once this drain work is completed, it is expected to solve the issue of waterlogging at East Fort.

Being unable to rehabilitate traders from East Fort due to legal tangles has forced TRDCL to drop the beautification project of Fort wall.

Vanchiyoor-Old Collectorate Road: The hurdles faced by the project are now cleared. The widening is done by placing prefabricated C-shaped boxes over the canal. So far 37 boxes have been laid on the stretch.  A total number of 300 C-shaped boxes are required for the project.

Earlier the widening project got delayed over the issue of axing 54 trees located along the stretch. The Tree Protection Committee finally agreed to fell 18 trees.

Recently, state government announced Phase-2 development projects for the capital city under Capital Region Development Programme (CRDP) although major projects under CRDP Phase-1 are still on paper.

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