The bridge was completed in 10 months as per the official statements.
KOCHI (Metro Rail News): Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the Chambakkara Bridge on Thursday. Kochi Metro decided to construct two bridges at Champakara as the old bridge was only two lanes. KMRL along the Kochi Metro alignment has managed to widen the roads and maintain 4-lane width. The new bridges are constructed across the national waterway 03 across the Champakara Canal.
“We have completed the construction of the second bridge in a record 10 months time. With the opening of the new bridge vehicular traffic will finally be smooth in the area. We are glad that Hon’ble CM is inaugurating the bridge on Thursday” said Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, MD KMRL.
Kochi Metro’s work up to Thykoodam was commissioned by 3rd Sep 2019. Subsequently, Thykoodam-Petta stretch metro work was taken up. As part of preparatory work, the road was widened and a 2 lane bridge on the left side of the bridge (coming from Ernakulam side) was constructed at a cost of Rs 25 cr. And the same was commissioned on 9th May 2019. Kochi Metro completed the construction of the first bridge in 19 months even though there were land acquisition hiccups.
Kochi Metro began the construction of the metro viaduct and Thykoodam-Petta stretch was ready by March 2020. The same was commissioned by the Chief Minister on 7th September 2020. The total cost of construction of the project is about Rs.50cr.
The bridge is of 245m with a central span of 45m bowstring girder with 7m vertical clearance to enable for navigation.