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CBD & Neighbourhood
Chinnakkada Underpass and Clock Tower
Chinnakkada Underpass and Clock Tower
Chinnakada is located in Kollam
Chinnakada is located in Kerala
Location in Kollam, India
Coordinates: 8°53′13″N 76°35′28″E / 8.887°N 76.591°E / 8.887; 76.591Coordinates: 8°53′13″N 76°35′28″E / 8.887°N 76.591°E / 8.887; 76.591
Country  India
State Kerala
District Kollam
 • Body Kollam Municipal Corporation(KMC)
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 691001
Vehicle registration KL-02
Lok Sabha constituency Kollam
Civic agency Kollam Municipal Corporation
Avg. summer temperature 34 °C (93 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 22 °C (72 °F)

Chinnakada (Malayalam: ചിന്നക്കട) or Chinnakkada is considered as the heart of the city of Kollam, in the state of Kerala, India. Chinnakada is one of the major junctions in the city where National Highways – NH 66 (Earlier NH 47) meets NH 744 (Earlier NH 208). The city's symbolic clock tower is located in Chinnakada.

Because of the presence of a huge traffic circle in the junction, it became as one of the busiest junctions in the city. To reduce the traffic congestion in Chinnakada, Kollam Municipal Corporation now constructed a new underpass near to the clock tower.[1] Marine Products Export Development Authority(MPEDA)'s Kollam sub-regional office is situated at Chinnakada.[2]


The name Chinnakada may be derived from China-Kada, which means China bazaar. Another explanation is that due to the presence of a large number of Tamil people in Kollam, they named the area Chinnakada, which means "small market" in the Tamil language, this derivation fits with the toponomy of Valiakada adjacent to Chinnakada, which means "big market" in Malayalam.[3]

Other areas in Kollam ending with the word kada in the name


The ancient city of Kollam, then known as Quilon, was an important center for trade with the Chinese.[4]

Chinnakada Underpass[edit]

Aerial view of Chinnakada in 2008

The Chinnakada Underpass is a public road infrastructure project for the city of Kollam as part of the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to ease traffic congestion at Chinnakada, the city CBD of Kollam.[5] The presence of an existing Railway over bridge and three close intersections with heavy traffic limits the option for traffic management measures including junction improvement, that caused the authorities to think about this underpass at Chinnakada. Chinnakada is a complex junction where roads from Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Downtown, Sengottai, Ashramam, Kollam Beach and the City bus stand road meets.

Preliminary design for underpass was prepared by NATPAC(NATPAC - National Transportation Planning and Research Centre)[6] involving the acquisition of 0.08 hectares (0.20 acres) of government land on a temporary basis.[7] Height of the road passage above the underpass was increased to 5.5 metres (18 ft) from 5 metres (16 ft) to facilitate movement of modern container trucks through the underpass. Underpass has been thrown open to the public by the end of May 2015.[8][9]


Panorama of Chinnakada, the CBD of Kollam(Quilon) city in India in September 2015

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] It's traffic nightmare in Kollam as underpass work resumes
  2. ^ "MPEDA". Archived from the original on 26 January 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-02. Retrieved 2015-11-05.  History of Kollam
  4. ^ [2] Short History - Kollam
  5. ^ Chinnakada underpass: dispute settled
  6. ^ "NATPAC". Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  7. ^ ADB Resettlement Planning Document - Chinnakada underpass
  8. ^ Chinnakada underpass work to be over by September
  9. ^ "Traffic remains messy at Chinnakada - The Hindu". Retrieved 4 June 2015.