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


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]


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]


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]


  1. ^ "The Hindu : Kerala / Kollam News : Preliminary work on Asramam link road begins". 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 -". 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.