Vanchiyoor Road, Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar, The Hindu
It seems like the four-laning of the busy Old Collectorate-Vanchiyoor road will be delayed further. The work has been dragging on for the last 10 months.
The demolition of the bridge leading to Athani lane from the road is posing as a hurdle to road widening. The shifting of the sewage line that lies beneath the bridge is also a difficult task.
TRDCL’s decision to go ahead without shifting the sewage line to complete the work before the November 30 deadline was opposed by local people. The estimate of Rs.33 lakh to shift the sewage line beneath the bridge shocked the authorities. At a high-level meeting, it was decided to demolish the 3.5-metre-wide bridge leading to Athani lane and the sewage line lying underneath it will be shifted at a cost of Rs.8 lakh.
TRDCL sources said they would be able to go ahead with the work only after the bridge was demolished and the sewage line removed. Currently, TRDCL is covering the 300-metre ‘nullah’ with pre-stressed twin box-like culverts. When the pre-stressed box culverts are laid, a 60-cm slab would be cast on top of it above which vehicles would move. TRDCL sources said 99% work of the nullah was over and the road works would be taken up soon.
Once developed, the road will have a width of 14 metres. The gully will have a ‘clear height’ of 2.6 metres and a width of 6 metres. TRDCL also need to remove the encroachments at Vanchiyoor junction to complete the work of the corridor.
The road development work was delayed by over six years because of problems over the felling of the 57 trees on the side of the nullah, opposition from local people, and shifting of the utilities.