Trivandrum: Ideally, long distance bus services, especially the private operators, should now be finding it easy to get out of the city, as the road from Thampanoor will take you via the Bakery Junction flyover, through the Palayam underpass, towards General Hospital Junction, Patoor, Pettah and onto Chakka on the NH Bypass. Work on widening the entire stretch to four lanes is nearing completion, with some work pending in the Panavila - Thampanoor stretch.
At Pettah, it is the delay in beginning the construction work of the rail overbridge that hinders the road widening. The current condition of the Pettah Junction is chaotic to say the least, with a highly disorganised traffic flow, which ends in a jam every now and then. But that issue is soon set to be resolved, according to Anil Kumar Pandala, Chief Engineer, Trivandrum Road Development Company Ltd (TRDCL).
“The railways are yet to give clearance for us to start with the work.
And it would take six months for the work to be completed and open to
traffic. The good news is that the clearance is expected to be obtained
within a fortnight,” says Anil Kumar Pandala.
“The court has passed a stay order on the acquisition process following
the petitions filed against it. The Corporation is yet to come up with a
decision on the matter and it is hard to presume that they are going
to, anytime in the near future. It could be some time before the work on
the Patoor road gets completed,” says Madhavan Pillai, Project Manager,
Kerala Road Fund Board.
It can only be concluded that a chance for a motorist to take the smooth and hassle free drive from Thampanoor to the National Highway by–pass will get postponed to at least the end of this year.