Main Central Road

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SH KL 1.svg
State Highway 1
Main Central Road
SH 1 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Kerala Public Works Department
Length240.6 km (149.5 mi)
Component
highways
National Highway 183 near Chengannur to Kottayam
Major junctions
South end Kesavadasapuram, Thiruvananthapuram
Major intersections
North endNH544-IN.svg NH 544 in Angamaly
Location
Country India
State Kerala
Districts Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam
Highway system
State Highways in Kerala
 SH KL 2.svg SH 2

The Main Central Road, better known as MC Road is the arterial State Highway starting from Kesavadasapuram in Trivandrum city and ends at Angamaly, a suburb of Kochi city in Ernakulam District, in the state of Kerala, India. It is designated as State Highway 1 by the Kerala Public Works Department. The highway was built by Raja Kesavadas, Dewan of Travancore.

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Route description

This road starts from National Highway 66 at Kesavadasapuram in Thiruvananthapuram the capital city of Kerala and joins the NH 544 at Angamaly [1] Ernakulam district. The MC Road passes through Venjaramoodu, Kilimanoor, Nilamel, Ayoor, Kottarakkara, Enathu, Adoor, Pandalam, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Changanassery, Kottayam, Ettumanoor, Kuravilangad, Monippally, Puthuvely, Koothattukulam, Muvattupuzha, Pezhakkappilly , Mannoor , Pulluvazhy, Perumbavoor and Kalady. In addition, an MC bypass road linking thaikkad with Vettu road junction near NH66 in Kazhakoottam is also part of the road in Thiruvananthapuram district. Before NH 544 was built through Angamaly, MC road extended up to Karukutty village 6 km (3.7 mi) away from Angamaly town in the Chalakudy road. A section of this road between Mulakuzha and Kottayam is now upgraded as a section of NH 183. MC Road is a popular route to access the shrine of Sabarimala. It covers many important towns of Central and South Kerala.

History

The highway was built by Raja Kesavadas, the dewan of the Travancore Kingdom. The MC road was renovated under the World Bank aided 'Kerala State Transport Project (2006)'. The upgrading was carried out in two phases. Under phase 1, two stretches, Thaikkod (near Venjarammoodu) Chengannur and Muvattupuzha Angamaly were upgraded and works were completed in 2010. In addition, a new road link to NH 66 has been completed between Thaikkad and Vettu road (near Kazhakootam in Trivandrum). In phase 2, the Chengannur Ettumanoor 47 km (29 mi) stretch was upgraded. The road has a total width of 10 metres (33 ft) and facilitates two-lane traffic. The road also have a 7-metre (23 ft) carriageway and a sealed shoulder, having width of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in). The project also features protection walls and adequate drainage facilities. The construction of seven bridges has also been envisaged as part of the project. This includes the constructions at Neelimangalam, Manipuzha, Pannikuzhy, Arattukadavu, Illimala, Thondara, and Kallissery. In addition, three existing bridges along the route is also widened. The work was launched on 14 September 2014 and completed in 2018. [2]

Main intersections

M.C Road near Chengannur Main Central Road - SH1.JPG
M.C Road near Chengannur

Surveillance

The Motor Vehicles Department, in partnership with the Kerala Road Safety Authority (KRSA) and the police has installed automatic traffic enforcement camera systems in between Venjaramoodu - Chengannur section of MC road for detecting speed violations of vehicles. [3]

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References

  1. "State Highways in Kerala". Archived from the original on 1 December 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  2. George, Sarath Babu (14 September 2014). "Chengannur Ettumanoor road work to be launched". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  3. More roads under surveillance

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