Uppinangady: Phase-II of development work on Shiradi ghat, the crucial connection between coastal districts and the state capital is almost complete and the road may be opened for vehicular movement by first week of July. The road was closed for repair on January 20, 2018.
Though the plan was to re-open the road by June 15, incessant rains in the area over the last one month spoilt the plan.
The project of laying concrete road on this stretch at a cost of Rs 74 cr is over, but work on three bridges and patches of road connecting the bridges are in final stages.
Concrete road work from Kempuhole to Addahole (12.38 km long and 8.50-metre width) has been completing and the authorities are waiting for the concrete to harden and set sturdy to stand the traffic.
While work on 77 drains has been completed, the three bridges too will be ready soon. Work on laying concrete road on 600 mts stretch where the bridges connect the road too is going on.
National Highway Authority Superintendent Engineer Raghavan says that if rains give two days of the gap, concrete work on road contacting bridges will be completed.
The NH will be available for the vehicular movement in July first week. Ocean Construction India Company Director Sharfuddin was hopeful that they can finish the work by July in spite of the rain.