The Kochi Metro Rail (KMRL) Project would perhaps be the most ambitious project implemented in Kerala during the previous UDF government’s rule. Among the various projects coming under it, the Edappally flyover one was considered as crucial in order to control the traffic congestion at the junction of NH 47 and NH 17 at Edappally. The 433-meter-long flyover was built and inaugurated on September 11, 2016. However, has this flyover, which was built to control the uncontrollable traffic, served its purpose?
From implementing the project on a Public-Private Partnership basis to replacing Tom Jose, the first MD, due to alleged differences with former DMRC MD E. Sreedharan, to objections from Mr. Sreedharan for offering the work as global tender and forcing to provide the preparatory works also to DMRC, this project has seen many twists and turns.
DMRC is in charge of implementing the KMRL project and Mr. Sreedharan has been appointed to oversee the same. Mr. Sreedharan, who is known as The Metro Man, planned to implement it in a manner similar to that of Delhi Metro and Chennai Metro. The entire project, apart from implementing metro rails, also includes the construction of various railway over-bridges, flyovers, widening of existing roads, and so on.