Thiruvananthapuram: The development of the Thiruvananthapuram-Ponmudi road, part of the Rebuild Kerala initiative, has resumed after a brief hiatus.
The project, managed under the Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP), was previously stalled due to adverse weather conditions and delays in payment from the state govt. The construction, undertaken by a joint venture between Kochi-based Antech Construction Company and PRL, covers a 50km stretch that remains in poor condition.
Aimed at enhancing connectivity and boosting local tourism, the project is a critical part of Kerala’s infrastructure development efforts following the devastating floods.
According to KSTP updates, only 25% of the project has been completed so far. This includes 50% of the culvert construction, 60% of the side wall construction, 25% of the drain construction, and 36% of the toe wall construction.
“The work was delayed and stalled earlier due to intermittent rains and payment issues. The initial project deadline was extended once, and the govt has recently prioritized the project, allowing work to resume. We are committed to completing the work by December 2024,” said a KSTP official.
Construction began on December 8, 2021, with an original deadline of December 7, 2023. This was extended to February 28, 2024, but further extensions have been requested, and a new deadline is yet to be finalized. The total revised cost of the project is estimated at Rs 191.55 crore, with a total construction duration of 24 months.
The state govt has emphasized the importance of timely completion and has directed the contractor to expedite the remaining work. The directive comes amidst growing anticipation from residents and stakeholders who see the improved road as a gateway to economic growth and better access to the picturesque Ponmudi Hills.
An official from the Public Works Department (PWD) highlighted the project’s significance: “The development of the Thiruvananthapuram-Ponmudi road is crucial for regional connectivity and tourism. The significant progress made so far is encouraging, and we are focused on maintaining this momentum. The govt’s directive to expedite the project aligns with our commitment to delivering quality infrastructure swiftly,” he said.
Once completed, the Thiruvananthapuram-Ponmudi road is expected to transform travel experiences by providing a seamless and safe route to the Ponmudi Hills, a popular tourist destination known for its lush greenery and serene landscapes.
The improved road infrastructure is expected to boost tourism, contribute to the local economy and provide livelihood opportunities for residents.

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