A coastal bridge, coming up at Kottakkal in the district, will be designed as a fitting tribute to Kunhali Marakkar, who was the naval chief of Kozhikode Zamorin.
The bridge is named after Kunhali Marakkar as it is situated near the ancestral home of Marakkars. The tourism department is also set to convert the ancestral home of the naval chief into a monument.
“The public works department (PWD) has designed the bridge as swords to commemorate the warrior and all other legendary warriors from Kadathanadu,” said P B Baiju, assistant executive engineer of PWD (NH division). The swords designed on the bridge will reflect the tradition of Kalarippayattu and warriors from Kadathanad, including Unniyarcha, said Baiju.
Kunhali Marakkar bridge is one of the two major bridges that are part of the coastal highway in the district. Total length of the coastal highway in Kozhikode is 78km. The design work was completed by the design, research, investigation and quality (DRIQ) wing of the PWD, he said.
The Kunhalimarakkar Bridge connects Vadakara sandbanks with Kottakkal, said Baiju. The total length of the bridge across the Kuttiady river is 547 metres, he said.
The NH division of the PWD has already submitted a detailed project report (DPR) for the Kunhali Marakkar bridge and are soon expecting approval for it.
As per the project report, the bridge will be designed in such a way that solar panels affixed along the walls will help produce electricity worth at least Rs. 27 lakh per year.
According to officials with NH division, the innovative design will highlight the history of the region, thus attracting tourists.
While the bridge at Kottakkal is designed on swords, the bridge at Beypore is modelled on a shipping vessel to highlight the tradition and history of these two locations, said an official with the NH division. Both the bridges will be scenic attactions to the tourists, he said.
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