The government plans to build a 1,200-km ultra-modern road network in the State within a year, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said.

He was inaugurating the second phase of the Malaparamba-Pooladikkunnu bypass here on Thursday.

The Chief Minister said that the project would cost Rs.5,100 crore. Since land had already acquired for 503 km, the tender could be floated within two months.

“Land, and not money, is the problem in development. Most of the projects get delayed because of this. This problem can be solved only if people approach development with an open mind,” said Mr. Chandy.

Mr. Chandy promised to expedite the work on the final 5 km stretch of the new bypass.

High-speed rail line

The State government's dream project, the Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore high-speed railway would be a reality soon, the Chief Minister said.

The Prime Minister was satisfied with the project proposal and it was mentioned in this year's Railway budget. It was the first of its kind project in the country, he said.

The project cost was expected to be Rs.1,11,000 crore.

Public Works Minister V.K. Ebrahim Kunju presided over the inaugural ceremony.

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