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Kerala will explore the construction of special utility corridors, the minister says

The state government has decided to convene a meeting of utility companies to explore the possibility of constructing special utility corridors along existing roads in the state to run the utility cables, Public Works and Tourism Minister PA Mohamed Riyas has said. Replying to a call from TP Ramakrishnan, MLA, in the Assembly on Monday, the minister said that drinking water pipes, drainage pipes, gas pipes, electricity cables, internet telephone cables, etc. are mainly passing through public works roads in the state.

A Right of Way (RoW) portal has been set up for applying for and obtaining permission for installing utilities along the roads of the Public Works Department (PWD). The details of works that have been given administrative sanction by the department will be made available on this portal. This has helped to avoid the situation where the road was cut open to allow electricity cables to be pulled after roadworks. However, in some places there have been problems, such as when the agencies or departments that built the utility failed to repair the road after the work was completed.

The department has now asked the PWD minister to explore the possibility of laying a utility line along the road. “Once a canal is built along the road, we can route the utilities through it, addressing the problem of digging up the roads after the road works. This is also beneficial for the roads, because it makes the roads last longer. This cannot be done by the PWD alone and the support of other departments is needed,” the minister said.

In addition, if utilities use trenchless technology for their work, roads can also be kept in good condition. The PWD will take necessary interventions to make technologies like Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) available in Kerala as well. The HDD method does not require the road to be completely excavated and some utility companies are already using it, the minister said.

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