Palarivattom flyover in Kochi to be rebuilt

The Kerala government on Monday decided to rebuild the Palarivattom flyover in Kochi, which has been closed for traffic since May after cracks and potholes surfaced within three years of its commissioning.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told that the construction of the new bridge will commence by October and the work is expected to be completed in a year's time.

The decision in this regard was taken after the chief minister held discussions with PWD minister G. Sudhakaran and Metroman E. Sreedharan and evaluated the report prepared by IIT-Madras on the bridge.

Sreedharan had suggested the flyover should be rebuilt and the suggestion has been accepted by the government, Vijayan said.

An expert committee will prepare the design of the new bridge and Sreedharan will be supervising the construction activities.

The 750-metre long flyover, construction of which began when the Congress-led UDF was in power, was completed and commissioned in October 2016, when the CPI(M)-LDF was voted to power.

Within three years of its construction, large cracks were noticed in the pier caps of various pillars of the flyover following which it was closed for traffic.