The construction of Alappuzha Bypass, which was stalled after the Southern Railways recommended some structural changes, will be further delayed as the public works department have to get the railway’s permission to halt train movements when the construction is under progress.
“The railways has given the permission for setting up five girders of the rail over bridges (RoB) at Malikamukku. Now, we have to send an application requesting them to halt trains when the construction is underway. In our application, we will specify the time when the movement of trains need to be stopped. If our application is accepted, we will resume work,” officials of the Public Works Department (National Highway) said.
Two RoBs need to be set up at Malikamukku and Kuthirapanthy to open Alappuzha bypass for traffic. The construction work of the bypass was put on hold after contractors had not received permission from the railways for installing girders of the RoB.
On Saturday, public works minister G Sudhakaran announced that the railways has given permission to install girders of Malikamukku RoB. Following this, the PWD is planning to move railways seeking permission to halt trains at the time of construction.
Earlier, railways officials had inspected the girders brought for the construction of the RoBs and had recommended structural changes and denied permission for starting the work.
Sudhakaran in a press note said changes were made in the girders as per the direction of the railway authorities. “The officials also conducted a second inspection of the girders. After that they gave permission to place five girders at Malikamukku. Necessary changes are also being made on five girders of the second RoB at Kuthirapanthy. After completing those work, the railway authorities will visit those girders as well, ” the minister said in the press note.
The minister has also written to Union railways minister Piyush Goyal urging him to initiate steps to conduct the inspection of remaining girders at the earliest.