Kochi Metro To Reach New Heights With the Development of New Panamkutty Bridge

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KOCHI (Metro Rail News): The Phase I of the KMRL project will reach a logical conclusion, by interconnecting it with Thripunithura, which is the satellite city of Kochi. Accordingly, the Phase-I extension is taken-up directly by Kochi Metro after DMRC have left completing Phase I upto Petta.
Panamkutty Bridge is located in NH 85, Kochi Dhanushkodi National High way, across Poorna River near to Petta Junction which is within the Phase-I extension of Kochi Metro from Petta to Thrippunithura Terminal. Presently there is a two-line bridge available in the National High way which is almost 50 years old. As part of its Preparatory works in line with Phase I Extension of Kochi Metro from Petta to Thrippunithura, KMRL is constructing additional two-lane Bridge with footpath which will make the stretch into Four lane corridor once completed. 
“Despite of all the hurdles including the COVID lockdown, Kochi metro has taken effective steps for efficient management and meticulous planning made us to achieve the result ahead of the schedule” said Alkesh Kumar Sharma, IAS, Managing Director, KMRL.
Few of the major features of New Panamkutty Brige that it consists of 5 Span (in which around 70m is across Poorna River), with total length including approach is 250m. The new bridge consists of Two Lane with 7.5 M carriageway and 1.5 M footpath. The Girders of Middle two Span over river is done vide Cast-in Situ Method using N – Truss Arrangement. The new bridge costs about 17.2 Cr for construction of the bridge. 
Construction work for the bridge has started on 1st of Nov 2019 which is scheduled to be completed in Jan 2021, within a short span of 15 Months. Pertinent point to mention is that originally the work was planned to be completed in 22 months, which now is being completed 7 months ahead of the planned completion period.

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