The development of smart roads in Cochin by the Cochin Smart Mission is progressing amid the Covid-19 crisis. The Smart Mission is developing 13.81 km of roads, with the width ranging from 3-8 m. These roads are being developed with improved provisions for footpaths and drainage facilities, as per the standard and space available.
The Rs 43.60 crore project aims to improve roads with bituminous surfacing or interlocking paver blocks wherever required. In total, 40 roads are going to be developed under the project.
Malik told the media that the work on 24 roads had been completed fully, including electrical work and installing LED lights. As many as 10 roads are 70% done, and five roads have 50% progressed. The work on the remaining has been started. He also said that the agency is carrying out the work with lots of constraints amidst the pandemic.
He said that the work on footpaths would start after the shifting of the utility cables through ducts. They are waiting for the approvals from the electrical inspectorate to start the footpath work. The cabling work is progressing quickly on all roads.