Kochi Bypass

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Kochi Bypass
Route information
Length: 17 km (11 mi)
Existed: 1980s – present
Major junctions
From: Edapally
To: Aroor

The Kochi Bypass is a bypass segment of NH 66 that bypasses the CBD of the city of Kochi in Kerala, India. The highway stretches 17 km from Edapally in the north to Aroor in Alappuzha district in the south, via. Palarivattom, Vyttila, kundannoor, Maradu. The Government of Kerala began the preliminary works in 1973.[1] After a slow progress, it was partially opened for traffic in the beginning years of the 1980s. The section between Edapally and Vyttila had four lanes from the beginning. The rest of the carriageway was also upgraded to 4 lanes and 6 lanes in 2010[2]

The idea was to bypass the truck traffic out of the city proper. However now the city has outgrown the bypass leading to a heavy suburban traffic. Today, this road has turned out to be the most important arterial road in Kochi. The spacious road is going to replace the MG Road as the state's major commercial avenue in a few years time. Space crunch has really started to take toll on the MG Road, and the NH Bypass provides answer to all the problems faced by the former. Bypass Road has enough width to accommodate an 8 lane carriageway, service roads and a median. This 17-km stretch of road running across the city has become the hub of business for the city. This road Edapally - Aroor bypass is expected to slowly overtake MG road as the commercial hotspot of Kochi City and also Kerala state.[3]

Kochi Bypass at Thykoodam
Kochi Bypass at Vytila
Kochi Bypass near Vytila

Junctions[edit]

A panoramic view of Vyttila Mobility Hub

Shopping Malls[edit]

Star hotels[edit]

  • Marriott
  • Holiday Inn
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Hotel White Fort
  • Le Meridian

Automobile showrooms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kerala Legislature (1974). Proceedings of the Kerala Legislative Assembly Eighth Session, 1973. Govt of Kerala. p. 2023. 
  2. ^ "Four-lane bypass along NH to be ready soon". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  3. ^ Snyder, Michael (May 2013). "Kochi: Seeding a City" (PDF). AD Perspective. Archived (PDF) from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.