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14 major roads in city to be relaid
The Public Works Department (PWD) will begin the re-laying of 14 major city roads with improved standards by mid-February.

The tendering process of the road works has been completed and the department is awaiting the clearance from the Finance Department to begin the work, said P.I. Jose, Executive Engineer, PWD (Roads Division).

The clearance of the finance wing is required for the road work as the funds come from the State government. The clearance is expected within a fortnight. Once the permission is obtained, the department will straightway implement the work and it would take two months to complete the work, he said.

The PWD has estimated that Rs. 24 crore would be required for the road works.

The State government had earlier announced that it will support the civic administration to re-lay the roads using bituminous macadam and bituminous concrete. The government support, which was formulated as a one-time scheme, came at a time when almost all the city roads were badly damaged and the civic administration was struggling to make them motorable. The roads which are re-laid using bituminous macadam and bituminous concrete will have good strength and long life.

The roads that would be re-laid include Market Road, Hospital Road, Durbar Hall Road, Sreekandath Road, Kalathil Velayudhan Road, 40-Feet Road, Rameswaram Canal Road and parts of Kaloor-Pottakuzhy road.

The excess funds that would be available with the department after the road works will be utilised for repairing side roads and the ones connecting important city roads. The Kochi Corporation will hold discussions with PWD officials next week to finalise the side roads that can be repaired along with the main roads, said Soumini Jain, Chairperson of the Works Standing Committee of the Kochi Corporation.

A few roads, including Warriam Road was dropped from the list of roads that were to be repaired. This being an important city road, which has developed potholes, it has to be repaired. The issue will be discussed at the meeting of the PWD officials, she said.

Going by the initial assessment, the PWD would have at least Rs. 2 crore after re-laying the important city roads. The surplus amount would be used for the connecting roads in the city itself, said Mr. Jose.

Source: Hindu, Feb 1, 2012