Sunday, November 12, 2017

Land being cleared for bypass-airport connectivity

Thiruvananthapura: Site clearance for the proposed connectivity from the Chakka-Eenchakkal stretch of the NH 66 bypass to the Thiruvananthapuram international airport has commenced.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has commenced the preliminary works though the State is yet to decide on the demand of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for 50% of the estimated cost of Rs. 142 crore for the flyover on the 1.6-km stretch.

“We have commenced the site clearance by removing the waste dumped by the road and clearing the earth near the private hospital in the bypass to avoid further delay,” a project official told The Hindu on Saturday.

The Kerala Water Authority has expedited the work for laying sewerage lines near the service road of the bypass near the airport entrance. The project officials are hoping that the State’s decision on the cost-sharing of the project and the MoRTH’s approval for the flyover will come once preparatory works are completed.

As the 24-month Engineering, Procurement Construction (EPC) contract for the 26.7-km stretch of the NH 66 bypass from Kazhakuttam to Mukkola is expiring this month, MoRTH will have to either extend the contract to Hyderabad-based KNR Constructions Ltd or award the airport connectivity work as a standalone project by tendering it as in the case of Kazhakuttam flyover.
12/11/17 S. Anil Radhakrishnan/The Hindu