More Kerala roads to go world-class

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  1. ejazr

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    The Hindu : Today's Paper News : More Kerala roads to go world-class

    State to get a loan of Rs.1,356 crore from World Bank for upgrading 367-km road in stretches

    World-class riding comfort awaits people moving through 367 km of State highways with Kerala all set to get a soft loan of Rs.1,356 crore from the World Bank.

    A World Bank mission will arrive in the capital on February 9 to finalise the aide-memoire for the loan which is to fund the second phase of the Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP). Besides improving the riding comfort, the goal is to enhance safety and thereby reduce accidents.

    To be led by World Band Senior Transport Economist Simon D. Ellis, the 11-member ‘Identification Mission' during their seven-day stay here will review the project design, project components and readiness of engineering design, bidding documents, and social and environmental documents.

    The team will also come up with a project preparation plan and a timetable for project processing, official sources told The Hindu . The phase II of the KSTP is estimated to cost Rs.1,356 crore. The debt-service mechanism proposed is annuity basis through State budget allocation annually.

    Civil works upgradation, road safety, institutional strengthening of the Public Works Department, and sustainable environment management are the key elements of the second phase.

    Arnab Bandyopadhyay, Senior Transport Engineer, South Asia Region, Sustainable Development Unit India Country Office; Ernesto Sanchez-Triana, Lead Environmental Specialist; Sangeeta Kumari, Social Development Specialist; Dominic Pasquale Patella, Transport Specialist, and Krishnan Srinivasan, Consultant, Governance Specialist, are in the team. Mr. Ellis, accompanied by Mr. Bandyopadhyay, was here in December last for the pre-mission talks with Public Works Minister V.K. Ebrahim Kunju and top officials.

    Work before monsoon

    The State would be able to commence work once the aide-memoire is obtained. Sources said the aim was to start the work before the onset of the monsoon as the World Bank would refund the money to the State later.

    The State submitted the project report for the phase II two years ago and since then had been knocking at the doors of the World Bank. The State was trying to include five-year maintenance contracts also for the 367 km State highway stretches being developed.

    The stretches identified include Kasaragod-Kanhangad; Pilathara- Pappinissery; Thalassery-Valampara; Perumpilavu-Perinthalmanna (Nilambur Road); Changanassery-Muvattupuzha; and Punalur-Thodupuzha (PM Road). Over 95 per cent land acquisition for the second phase had been completed during phase one of the KSTP and the DPR needed to be updated now.

    In the KSTP phase I initiated with World Bank aid in 2002, around 257 km of roads across the State was upgraded. Another 41 km was also taken up under road maintenance contract at a cost of Rs.180 crore. Along with this, additional heavy maintenance of some stretches had been taken up.
     
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    The roads have deteriorated so much that only way ahead is up graph.

    But maintaining roads that are build is a menace in this rain country.
     
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    Concrete roads maybe? :noidea:
     
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    Might be another ten years. Only one good highway is NH 47 stretch between Chertala n Thrissur. And the worst stretch is between Thrissur and Vadakencheri in the same highway.. Since heavy rainfall is excuse for bad state of roads in Kerala, how come the this particular stretch doesn't have any potholes??
     
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    Lot of such promises. and may be due to political lobbying punalur-thodupuzha hill highway is included in the list. the polticians wants to build bypasses in rural towns like Pala and Thodupuzha instead of building bypasses in major towns in MC road. imo, MC road needs paramount importance. to solve the traffic congestion in NH47 , Trivandrum-Angamaly Main Central Road(MC Road) must need to be developed ASAP. building bypasses at important towns in Central Travancore(Changanassery-Kottarakkara) region as well as at Muvattupuzha,Perumbavoor must be a priority. every highways atleast near Ernakulam are congested. We need roads built using satellite surveying at least for newer acquisitions. not happening:sad:

    @Pillay: People are actually taking Palakkad-Ottappalam-Shoranur-Thrissur 2lane highway these days due to the pathetic condition of Mannuthy-Vadakkanchery-Alathur Road conditions.
     
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    @peacecracker. I think development of MC road will more difficult as it pass through areas with high population density and hence land acquisition will be a big problem. Also unlike the NH, the MC road is not a straight highway but full of curves and turns...
    Btw, i'm using the ottapalam shornur route, its about 20km extra but you can easily make up the time as road is good and traffic less..
     
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    True. but, I remember there is a plan to link from Perumbavoor-Kottayam through Vengola-Piravom-Kaduthuruthi-Ettumanoor. distance is the same as through MC road. TM Jacob wanted this to happen.

    This will help bypassing Muvattupuzha-Kuthattukulam-Ettumanoor MC road Ghat section also saving time traversing through Muvattupuzha.

    ot: I do travel through these regions, hence My interest in Kerala highways .:p
     

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