Long-cherished dream of Commuters to have a ROB at busy Mulanthuruthy LC Gate will soon be a reality

KOCHI: The long-cherished dream of commuters through Mulanthuruthy to have a Railway overbridge (ROB) at the busy Mulanthuruthy level crossing will soon be a reality as the authorities concerned have decided to complete work on the same in 2019.

A meeting convened by Mulanthuruthy panchayat president Renchi Kurien the other day has garnered the opinion of the landowners so as to assess the social impact in connection with the land acquisition for the project. It was also decided to speed up the procedures for land acquisition for constructing the ROB at Chengolappadam. The plan is to acquire the 142 cents needed for construction from the owners who expressed willingness to surrender the land as per the Land Purchasement Act.

The land from those owners who are not ready to surrender their land will be acquired as per the Land Acquisition Act 2013. The acquired land will be handed over to the Kerala Roads and Bridges Development Corporation (RBDCK). “The plan is to hand over the land to RBDCK before November so that they will be able to float the tender for the approach roads by that time,” said Renchi.

Instead of constructing the bridge by filling the marshy land of Chengolappadam, the plan is to construct an overhead structure just like Metro rail pillars. This will make sure the flow of water in the Chengolappadam is not disrupted. The biggest hurdle for the project is land acquisition; the PWD has already instructed the panchayat to make sure land acquisition is completed in the stipulated time. Once the RoB work is complete, it will be easy for the commuters to reach the eastern parts of the district and to Kottayam.

The RoB is also important for commuters to reach the Karingachira Seaport-Airport Road. The level cross at the busy road is creating heavy traffic snarls, especially during Sabarimala season as most of the passengers opt for this route to reach the pilgrim centre. Mulanthuruthy panchayat vice-president Salomi Simon presided over the meeting.