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Load test being conducted on Vyttila, Kundannoor flyovers

The ongoing load test being done for Vyttila and Kundannoor flyovers will get over by Tuesday, and the results will be known in another two days, PWD sources said.

While load test was mentioned in the agreement that the RBDCK had inked with the contracting firm which built the Kundannoor flyover, the department decided to rope in IIT-Madras to do the load test for the Vyttila flyover too.

The tests – aimed at measuring deflection of the six-lane structures when fully-loaded lorries use them, were made mandatory in the wake of the Palarivattom flyover fiasco, where the four-lane structure located on NH Bypass developed cracks beyond the permissible limit of 0.3 mm.

The delay in conducting the tests had invited considerable flak, since serpentine traffic snarls became the norm during the run-up to the Christmas holidays, at both Vyttila and Kundannoor which cater to over 1 lakh passenger car units (PCUs) – including inter-State lorries and container-laden lorries every day.