NHAI expresses shock over shoddy condition of key roads in Kochi

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), which owns the 16-km Edappally-Aroor NH Bypass, has shot off letters to the PWD (NH wing), expressing shock at the shoddy condition of roads at Vyttila and Kundannoor junctions where flyovers are being built.

“They have not repaired the roads, despite the impending monsoon season. We issued NOC to PWD in 2017 on the condition that the agency would maintain the NH and service roads at the two junctions in safe and motorable condition. We shot off half-a-dozen letters to the department when their condition deteriorated. The PWD has not replied to them, neither has tangible steps been taken to ensure safe and pothole-free roads, despite accidents and massive traffic snarls. Fed up with their apathy, we had to execute repair works in a few areas,” said a senior official of NHAI.

Another official spoke of how the PWD defaulted in executing preparatory works like raising service roads to the height of the NH Bypass and readying slip roads, especially at Vyttila. “They simply barricaded the two junctions,

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