The North and South Over Bridge are the two iconic symbols of the Kochi city. Both serve as the entrance to the busy commercial areas of Kochi such as the Broadway, the M.G Road and the Marine Drive.
Previously it had been decided to demolish the small pathway on the sides of North Over Bridge so that the work on Cochin Metro Rail could begin. The work has presently been held by the administration of the district due to the difference in opinion between the State government and the Corporation. The Corporation is of the opinion that demolition and renovation of the bridge wouldn’t by any case, be beneficial for the present situation of adjusting the congestion of traffic.
Though the Railway department is of the opinion that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has obtained the sanction for carrying out the work, the Town Planning Committee puts forth their part that byroads should be renovated first in order to reduce the traffic congestion rather than carrying out the renovation of bridge. Roads leading to the Pullepady Bridge have to be brought to good condition and a flyover from KSRTC Stand to Salim Rajan road should be the initiatives taken to minimize the traffic congestion. Besides this, neither was a plan produced or provided to them regarding the demolition of the bridge nor was a meeting held on the same, although prior works of acquiring land at Manappattiparambu to store the machinery was planned, which shows that the demolition work is at stake. Also when the new government assumes power, the work will also be slowed down! The Town Planning Committee is not supporting the Metro rail project as the project would be useful in the city only if the population is 5 or 6 times the present population.
What do you think about the Metro Rail project? Will be serve its purpose for a city like Kochi? Will it help reduce the congestion and help us get to places quicker and cheaper and in a comfortable mode of transport?
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