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September 12 2014 | by Rahul
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East Fort – Pazhavangadi road widening in progress

The relocation of the median is a temporary measure as part of the widening of the stretch to accommodate 6-lane traffic.

The median along the Pazhavangady-East Fort stretch will be relocated to create temporary bus bays to ease traffic congestion in the area.  Thiruvananthapuram Road Development Company Ltd. (TRDCL), the concessionaire of the City Road Improvement Project (CRIP), will do the ‘profile correction’ after the holidays.

The relocation of the median is a temporary measure as part of the widening of the Pazhavangady-East Fort-Attakulangara stretch to accommodate six-lane traffic.

The road will be raised by 4 to 40 cm on the Gandhi Park side and up to 25 cm on the other side to prevent flooding of the Pazhavangadi junction area. 30 shops situated close to the Fort wall will also be relocated soon.

As per the interim plan, the temporary bus bays will be constructed to accommodate 15 buses. A two-lane, 7.5-metre carriageway, with a two-metre wide waiting area, will also be created. The existing bus terminals will be demolished and 2 dedicated bus bays will be constructed in its place. Longitudinal parking will accommodate 20 buses, one behind the other, in these bays. To prevent water logging the 240-metre water drain from Pazhavangady to the Thekkanamkara drainage canal will be restored. This work can be taken up only after all the shops are relocated.

All the construction works are based on the detailed project report (DPR). The current plan was formulated under the initiative of District Collector Biju Prabhakar following several road accident deaths in the past.

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