KOCHI: The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has sanctioned a total of Rs 36 crores for the Edapally railway overbridge.
Construction activities on the bridge got stalled indefinitely after the contractor engaged by the PWD (NH wing) abandoned the work midway over two years ago. The sanctioning of Central funds would enable pending work on the bridge and the approach roads to be completed. The Railways had completed its portion of the bridge over the rail line many years ago. The bridge provides crucial connectivity at the ever-busy Edapally level-crossing along the NH 17.
The incomplete bridge had resulted in motorists in either direction being forced to wait for long till the narrow level crossing was opened to traffic.
The gate malfunctioning very often after vehicles rammed into it, made matters worse.
The two-lane bridge would have a 7.50-metre-wide carriageway, apart from a footpath on one side. Once the bridge is commissioned, the city could expand towards Cheranalloor.