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The Rs 20 crore Salim Rajan overbridge is scheduled for commissioning in January 2013, in keeping with its 15-month deadline.The 337 metre-long, two-lane bridge that begins from Salim Rajan Road on the eastern side of the railway line will end near the KSRTC Bus Stand on the western side. By augmenting east-west connectivity, the bridge will considerably decongest the bottlenecked South overbridge and also Pallimukku Junction on MG Road.The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which is building the bridge as part of preliminary works for the Kochi metro rail project, awarded the bridge's work to CVCC-RDS – a joint venture firm.A unique feature of the bridge is that there is no pillar beneath the 47-metre span over the railway line. “Aimed at completing the work on time, we have an average of 60 workers at the site each day. Over 60 per cent of the work on the western side... Read more...
is over, since we have built eight out of the total 13 spans. The foundation work is on at the eastern side and two more piers are pending,” sources connected with the project said.The 9.70 metre-wide bridge will have a 7.50 metre carriageway. There will be wide footpath over the railway line and a two-feet wide footpath on either side above the ducts that will be laid to carry cables and pipelines. A staircase will be built on one side for pedestrians. Three-metre-wide service roads will be built on either side of the bridge, they said. The chairman of the Kochi Corporation's Town Planning standing committee K J Sohan said that the approach roads to the bridge must be developed so that there is hassle-free traffic in either direction. Agencies in charge of the Kochi metro-rail works must take the initiative for this, failing which traffic will turn chaotic on the approach stretches. The Salim Rajan bridge is crucial since there is inordinate delay in beginning works for the Atlantis overbridge, that too would have run parallel to the South overbridge.