Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the work on a coastal corridor linking Vallarpadam with Kozhikode at a function held at Paravanna, near Tirur, on Saturday evening. The corridor is expected to bring about tremendous development to the coastal belt.

The project, estimated to cost Rs.2,000 crore, will seek to develop the existing Tipu Sultan Road. Administrative sanction has been given for the work expected to cost Rs.117 crore.

Mr. Chandy said the comprehensive project would lift the coastal area between Kochi and Kozhikode to new levels of development. The industrial, commercial, and tourism development of Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram and Kozhikode district will depend a great deal on the new corridor passing through the coast.

The project will give a boost to fishery development also, said Minister for Public Works V.K. Ebrahim Kunju, who presided over the function.

The Chief Minister arrived i an open jeep in the company of Minister for Power and Transport Aryadan Mohammed; Minister for Education P.K. Abdu Rabb; Mr. Kunju, E.T. Mohammed Basheer, MP; Abdurahman Randathani, MLA; and C. Mammootty, MLA.