Kuthiran tunnel less likely to be completed before January 2021

Traffic will be allowed only after an independent agency appointed by the NHAI gives a report.

Kuthiran tunnel remains uncompleted | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Wadakkancherry: Though Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari instructed the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to open the left tunnel of Kuthiran in January 2021, it is less likely to happen.

The NHAI is in a dilemma as the ongoing works has been affected and are unable to take any action. As the works on the left tunnel is in its last phase, there are many practical issues to change the contract company.

The KMC company authorities which currently holds the contract claimed that the work will start by November 10. Higher officials of NHAI will inspect the tunnel next week as directed by the minister. They will also submit a detailed report to the minister.

Even though the works started soon, it will take time for traffic to start tthrough this tunnel. Traffic will be allowed only after an independent agency appointed by the NHAI gives a report.

Safety related works like removal of the rocks which may fall down at both ends of the tunnel are not completed yet. A canal facility should be arranged to avoid water from falling directly from the top of the hills.

The areas inside the tunnel where the rock seem to be weak only were concreted. However, the IIT experts directed the concrete company to concrete all the area to ensure safety. Works on fire and safety equipment, control station and special transformers for electrification are also pending.

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