PWD completes over Rs 20,000 crores construction works through KIIFB: CM
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that construction works worth over Rs 20,000 crores have been completed in Kerala by the Public Works Department (PWD) with funding from KIIFB. The CM said this while inaugurating the Ernakulam Kundannur flyover through video conference.
In his inaugural address, the Chief Minister said, “KIIFB has already undertaken projects worth over Rs 50,000 crores in the State. In addition to the projects of PWD, currently, there are 5,015 projects of the Local Self Government institutions. Of these, 305 projects have been completed and the rest is expected to be completed by March 15. In the last few years, the state has faced intermittent crises but despite these challenges, the basic infrastructure development has not been compromised. The construction of several bridges and roads are in full swing. We were able to meet the challenges of the state in a positive way.”
The Kundannur flyover was also built with state funds. The bridge has been adjusted to allow vehicles with five and a half meters height from Wellington side of to pass through. The bridge was built without any land acquisition. With the completion of the bridge, it will be possible to travel on this section of the NH without any traffic signal breaks. The Chief Minister said that the Kundannur flyover will solve the traffic congestion in Ernakulam city to a great extent.
The CM also mentioned that 2.50 lakh houses have been completed as part of the Life mission and ten lakh people have benefited from this. Efforts are underway to complete the remaining houses. The government aims to eradicate poverty and various schemes are being formulated and implemented for this purpose. Welfare pensions have been increased to Rs. 1,500 and new projects have also been launched in the agricultural sector. This is going to change the way people earn their living.
Minister of Public Works, Shri G Sudhakaran presided over the function and the Finance Minister, Dr T. M. Thomas Isaac was the chief guest. Shri Hibi Eden, MP; M Swaraj, P. T. Thomas, and S. Sharma (all MLAs) were among those present.
Modern Vyttila flyover to be a boon for Kochi’s traffic congestion: CM
Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today said that the Vytilla flyover constructed using the latest technology is an asset to the transport system in Kochi. He said this during the virtual inauguration of the Vyttila Flyover.
In his address, the Chief Minister said, “The development of the State is a matter of high priority for this government. For this development to be possible, the basic infrastructure like high-quality roads and bridges must be in place, without which people cannot have a good public transport system. The Public Works Department is now working with a mission of ‘New Age, New Construction’.” He commended the department for completing the project on time.
The Vyttila flyover was built entirely with the funds of the state government making it toll-free. If it was built by the National Highways Authority, people would have had to pay tolls.
The completion of the Vyttila flyover will facilitate the travel on NH 66 to Aluva and Alappuzha, and also to Ernakulam, Tripunithura and the Vyttila Hub. Even though the estimate was for Rs 85.9 crores, the contract was fixed at Rs 78.36 crores, with a saving of Rs 6.73 crore, by including the project under KIIFB.
The project was implemented as two flyovers of three lanes each. Each flyover is 440 m long with 12 spans of 30 m length and two central spans of 40 m length. The length of the flyover towards Thiruvananthapuram side is 717 m and towards Aluva side is 702.41 m, including the approach road on both sides. The project includes 320 m long and 375 m long slip roads on both sides of the flyover for easy access to the Vytila Mobility Hub. The construction also includes electric lights and drains on the service roads on both sides.
Minister of Public Works, Shri G Sudhakaran presided over the function while Finance Minister, Dr T. M. Thomas Isaac was the chief guest. Shri Hibi Eden, MP; M Swaraj, P. T. Thomas, T. J. Vinod & S. Sharma (all MLAs), and Mayor M. Anil Kumar were among those present.