Palarivattom flyover reopened for traffic

Kochi, Mar 7 (PTI) The Palarivattom flyover in Kochi, closed for reconstruction since May 2019 within three years of its commissioning, was thrown open for traffic on Sunday. The flyover, built at the Pipeline Junction on the National Highway 66 Bypass here, would ease traffic congestion in the city and on the national highway, officials said. It was opened at around 4 pm by the Public works Department (PWD) National Highways division chief engineer without any inaugural ceremony. Earlier, the government had decided to avoid the inaugural function in view of the election code of conduct. The flyover was opened after analysing its quality and strength and carrying out weight tests. The work of the flyover, supposed to be completed in eight months, was completed in five months and 10 days. State PWD Minister G Sudhakaran, who visited the flyover at the time of inauguration, congratulated Principal Adviser to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), 'Metroman' E Sreedharan and the construction firm Uralungal Corporate Society for completing the work ahead of the stipulated time. In a Facebook post, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan lauded the workers for their dedication in speedy completion of the project. However, he did not make any comment on Sreedharan's contribution. Sreedharan had recently joined the BJP. While the CPI(M) workers organised a march over the bridge hailing the LDF government for completing the project, the BJP workers also marched through the flyover highlighting the contributions of Sreedharan in building it. The flyover, built at a cost of Rs 47.70 crore during the previous Congress-led UDF government, was rebuilt within a year following cracks developed in the structure. Sreedharan, who inspected the bridge built by DMRC this week, had said it was ready for inauguration. The 750-metre-long flyover, construction of which began when the Congress-led UDF was in power, was completed and commissioned in October 2016 when the CPI(M)-LDF was voted to power. Within three years of its construction, large cracks were noticed in the pier caps of various pillars of the flyover following which it was closed. The decision to reconstruct it was taken after the Chief Minister held discussions with PWD Minister G Sudhakaran and Sreedharan and evaluated the report prepared by IIT- Madras. Sreedharan had suggested the flyover be rebuilt and the suggestion was accepted by the government. Vijayan had ordered the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) to probe into the alleged corruption in the construction. The then PWD Minister V K Ebrahim Kunju, retired Kerala PWD secretary T O Sooraj and three others -- a top official of the company which built the flyover and two officials of a technical consultancy company were arrested by the VACB in connection with the case.PTI TGB SS PTI..

Women's Day: Holiday declared for women govt employees in Telangana

Hyderabad, Mar 7 (PTI):The Telangana government on Sunday declared a holiday for allwomen government employees in the state on the occasion ofInternational Women's Day on March 8. The Telangana government declared Special Casual Leave on March 8 for all the women employees in the state as it is being celebrated as "International Women's Day," a Government Order said. Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also extended theirwishes and greetings to all the women of the state. International Womens Day is an occasion to celebrate and emulate the success of women in different walks of life, theGovernor said, according to a release from Raj Bhavan. "Our heritage, culture, and traditions for centuries respect and honour women and worship them as the personification of Goddess Shakti," she said. "It is high time that we truly imbibe and implement the spirit of gender equality and promote women in decision- making in all spheres of life for a more equitable, and inclusive world, the Governor said. She further said, "Let us all resolve and work for the all-round development of women and gender equality in true spirit of the International Women's Day-2021 theme- "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.".Rao said women play a key role in the development and are competing with men in all the fields and are excelling. Women, who constitute 50 per cent of the population, would do wonders if they were given a chance, Rao said, according to a release from his office. Rao said the Telangana government was taking a slew of measures to take women on the path of development and progress besides there are several schemes and programmes launched to empower women.PTI VVK SS PTI..