Thuravoor Pamba Road

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Thuravoor Thycattussery bridge under construction. This bridge is expected to open to public on 31 January 2014 Thuravoor Thycattussery bridge.jpg
Thuravoor Thycattussery bridge under construction. This bridge is expected to open to public on 31 January 2014
Thycattussery bridge under construction. Picture taken on 8 November 2013 ThycattusseryBridgeConst1.jpg
Thycattussery bridge under construction. Picture taken on 8 November 2013

Thuravoor Pamba road is a proposed road in Kerala, India connecting NH 47 to Sabarimala. This road is expected to reduce the travel time for Sabarimala pilgrims. [1] This road which is connecting the northern part of Alappuzha and Kottayam Districts will increase the trade flow between these regions. Road is planned to be with a width of 12m. [2] Road construction started in February 2013. Government is planning to complete the construction in 3 years. [3]

Kerala State in southern India

Kerala is a state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956, following passage of the States Reorganisation Act, by combining Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi), Kerala is the twenty-third largest Indian state by area. It is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. With 33,387,677 inhabitants as per the 2011 Census, Kerala is the thirteenth-largest Indian state by population. It is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state.

India Country in South Asia

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National Highway 47 (India) national highway in India

National Highway 47 is a National Highway in India. It starts from Bamanbore in Gujarat and terminates at Nagpur in Maharashtra.


Road starts from Thuravoor in NH 47 (between Cherthala and Ernakulam) and will pass through Thaicatussery, Udayanapuram, Vaikom, Kaduthuruthy, Kappumthala, Kuravilangad, Pala, Ponkunnam, Erumeli before reaching Pamba. Two bridges, one connecting Thuravoor and Thycattussery and another one connecting Makkekadavu and Nerekadavu will be constructed as part of this project. [4] Thuravoor Thycattushery bridge will be of 330.50 metre length and will be having a double carriage way with 7.5 m width. There will be walkways on both sides with 1.5 m width. Bridge will be constructed with approach roads on both sides with a length of 750m. [5]

Cherthala Taluk/Municipality in Kerala, India

Cherthala is a town located in the district of Alappuzha, in the state of Kerala, India. It is 31 km to Kochi and Kottayam and 22 km north of Alappuzha town, on the Kochi-Alappuzha National Highway NH 47, as well as the coastal rail route. The coastal town is also about 20 kilometers from the historical town of Vaikom Via Ullala -Chempakassery house and the popular tourism destination Kumarakom.

Ernakulam Downtown in Kerala, India

Ernakulam refers to the central, mainland portion of the city of Kochi in central Kerala, India and has lent its name to the Ernakulam district. The Kerala High Court, the office of the Kochi Municipal Corporation and the Cochin Stock Exchange are situated here. The Ernakulam Junction is a major railway station of the Indian Railways. Initially, Ernakulam was the headquarters of the Ernakulam District but was later shifted to Kakkanad. Ernakulam was once the capital of the Kingdom of Cochin. It is located 220 kilometres (137 mi) north-west of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The city has served as an incubator for many Malayali entrepreneurs and is a major financial and commercial hub of Kerala.

Vaikom Municipality/Historical Town in Kerala, India

Vaikom is a muncipal town and a capital town of Vaikom Taluk, situated in the northwest of Kottayam district in the state of Kerala, India. The town is also noted for its role in the Indian independence movement for being the venue of Vaikom Satyagraha, a civil rights movement aimed at securing freedom of movement for all sections of society through the public roads leading to The famous Shiva temple situated here.

In Kerala budget 2011, 151.89 crores was sanctioned for this project. 49.8 crore for Thuravoor Thycattussery bridge, 2.7 crore for approach road, 86 crore for Nerekadavu - Makekadavu bridge, 4.3 lakhs for approach road and 6.89 lakhs for Udayanapuram Road. [6] Construction of Thuravoor Thycattussery bridge is in progress and is expected to be opened for public on 31 January 2014. Nerekadavu Makkekadavu bridge construction is in progress and is expected to be completed very soon. [7]

There is an increased demand to declare this road as a pilgrimage path. K C Venugopal MP and Jose K Mani MP have raised this request in Parliament as well. [8]

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PhaseDetails [9] [10] Amount allocatedStart DateEnd DateStatus
Phase 1Approach Road for Thuravoor - Thaikkattushery Bridge2.7 croreCompleted and opened for public
Phase 2Thuravoor - Thaikkattushery Bridge49.5 crore3 February 201331 May 2015Completed and opened for public
Phase 3Road from Pallithodu State Highway to Udayanapuram in Ernakulam- Ettumanoor State Highway6.89 croreTBDTBDNot Started
Phase 4Makkekadavu - Nerekadavu Bridge88.5 crore27 January 2017TBDStarted

Phase 2: Approach Road for Thuravoor - Thaikkattushery Bridge

Approach road for the Thuravoor Thykkattussery bridge is currently under construction. Approach road with a length of 450m will have a width of 45 m with a median in the middle. There will also be drainage on both sides of the road. [11]

Phase 2: Thuravoor Thykkattussery Bridge

The Chief Minister of Kerala Mr. Oommen Chandy inaugurated the construction work of Thuravoor -Thaikkattussery Bridge on 3 February 2013. The Proposed bridge is expected to be open to public on 31 January 2014. In October 2013 the construction of the bridge hit a roadblock when the iron pillar used for construction was found to be bent. Officers from PWD claimed that they will start the constructions with in a week of delay.


22 December 2013: The deadline for the completion of this bridge is extended to May. It is also decided to have a monthly meeting under the leadership of district collected to evaluate the progress of the construction works. [13]

The construction of the bridge was completed in May 2015 and opened to the public on 27 May 2015 by the Chief Minister of Kerala Mr. Oommen Chandy. The speedy completion of the project was unprecedented in the history of the public works of Kerala state.

Phase 4

Makkekadavu - Nerekadavu Bridge construction was to start on 1 November 2014. [14] started on 27 January 2017. The work is in progress and the contractor for the project is Cherian Varkey Construction Company.

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