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First Phase of the Vyttila Mobility Hub Inching Closer

February 08 2011 2:00 PM

KOCHI: With the deadline for the first phase of the Vyttila Mobility Hub inching closer, District Collector M Beena will meet various experts and consultants on Thursday to take up a project to decongest the busy Vyttila junction. The Collector has convened the meeting in which proposals of architect Gopa Kumar, consultant D P Pannikker, KITCO, and New Delhibased Span Consultants would come up for consideration. The meeting is convened at the instance of Charles Dias MP, who has asked the district administration to evolve a consensus on the issue and select a project, the Collector said. In all probability, the meeting may finalise a project during the discussion, she said. A final proposal scrutinised by the meeting will be presented before the Centre for its consideration. At present, the signal system at the junction makes free flow of traffic impossible. If this system is allowed to continue, floating of the mobility hub will become meaningless, D P Pannikker, a consultant, said. Pannikker who has vast experience with the National Buildings Construction Corporation in India and abroad has proposed an underpass at Vyttila which would help in uninterrupted flow of traffic from Aluva to Aroor and from Tripunithura to the city and to the mobility hub, he said. Panniker said that the proposal suggested by him could be undertaken without acquiring any land and the cost of the project would be about `45 crore. Moreover, the underpass would help pedestrians to travel safely and will make the Vyttila mobility hub easily accessible for them. Kerala Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation Ltd (KITCO) and Span Consultants will also make their presentations to decongest Vyttila by constructing flyovers at Vyttila junction.