Asramam Link Road

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Asramam Link Road
Route information
Length: 6.1 km (3.8 mi)
Existed: 2010 – present
Major junctions
East end: NH66-IN.svg NH-66 in Kappalandimukku
  NH744-IN.svg NH-744 in Kadappakada
Uliyakovil road in Asramam
NH183-IN.svg NH-183 in Thevally
West end: NH66-IN.svg NH-66 in Thoppilkadavu

The Asramam Link Road is an important four-lane city road in Kollam in the Indian state of Kerala,[1] this road was formerly known as Aerodrome Road as it was the connection road to Kollam Airport, the one and only airport in the entire Kerala coast then.[2][3] The road starts from Kappalandimukku near Polayathode in the east and currently ends at KSRTC, but is ultimately planned to extend to Thoppilkadavu in the west of the city.[4][5][6] The second phase of construction, which would extend it from Kollam KSRTC Bus Station to Thoppilkadavu, has not yet begun.

View of Asramam Link Road towards Kadappakada side

Importance[edit]

Kollam is an old sea port city in Kerala with traffic bottlenecks in three locations: Polayathode-Thattamala, Anchalumoodu and Kottiyam.[7] Demand existed for a new road to bypass Downtown Kollam and avoid the complex Chinnakada Junction,[8] the Kollam Bypass project is the least funded bypass project in the state and a 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) stretch remains unfinished. This link road now serves the city as a mini bypass by avoiding the heavy traffic at Chinnakada junction, the Kollam Development Authority had approved Rs. 1.6 Crores for the project's Phase-I. The road is also included in the JnNURM Mission for Kollam city.[9]

Phase-I[edit]

The first phase of Link road, Kappalandi Mukku-Asramam Muneeswaran Kovil four-lane road was inaugurated on 14 September 2010. The 3.48 kilometres (2.16 mi) road which was laid at a cost of Rs 15.21 Crore by the Kollam Municipal Corporation under the auspices of the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project and was inaugurated by the Co-operation Minister of Kerala, G. Sudhakaran.[10]

Phase-II[edit]

As part of the Phase-II development, the present road would be extended to Thoppilkadavu at a cost of Rs.63 crore. The project comprises construction of a new bridge across the confluence of the Kollam Canal with the Ashtamudi Lake, on completion, the Asramam Link Road will enable those passing through Kollam to avoid the busy Collectorate-High School Junction-Taluk Office junction-Chinnakada and railway station.[11]

Major junctions[edit]

Kappalandimukku → Chemmanmukku → KadappakadaAsramamKSRTCThevallyThoppilkadavu

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hindu : Kerala / Kollam News : Preliminary work on Asramam link road begins". thehindu.com. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Aviation school proposal evokes mixed response". The Hindu. 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  3. ^ "‘Asramam Maidan not suitable for airport’". TNIE. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Road to link Asramam to Thirumullavaram in the offing". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Priority for Kollam Port, Coastal Road: P K Gurudasan - kollamcity.in". kollamcity.in. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Staff Reporter. "Link road turns a deathtrap". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "State roads strewn with ‘black spots'". The Hindu. May 2, 2010. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Steps for new bridge at Neendakara". The Hindu. January 10, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Rapid Baseline Assessment – Kollam City – Draft Report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-14. 
  10. ^ "Muneeswaran Kovil road inauguration today". The New Indian Express. September 14, 2010. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Rs.63 crore for road extension project". The Hindu. September 8, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2015.