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From land earmarked for city roads project

Steps taken to resurvey the acquired portions

Meet to discuss second flyover across M.G. Road

Thiruvananthapuram: Minister for Public Works Mons Joseph has said that the government will take steps to evict all encroachments into the land acquired for the City Roads Improvement Project.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, he said the government had received reports of buildings coming up in the acquired land. “We have taken steps to resurvey the acquired portions and draw a line to earmark the area. All encroachments will be identified and removed,” he said.

Mr. Joseph said a high-level meeting would be held here on June 25 to discuss the construction of a second flyover across the M.G. Road at Mele Pazhavangady. Ministers of Revenue, Law and Local Self-Government and senior officials of the three departments would participate in the talks.

Mr. Joseph said construction of the flyover at Bakery Junction would resume in August. He said that efforts were on to sort out the obstacles to land acquisition. “The Chief Secretary is holding talks to resolve the outstanding issues. The government had handed over land to Thiruvananthapuram Road Development Company Limited to set up an operating base at Anayara.” Mr. Joseph said the work on the roads project would pick up as soon as the utility lines were shifted. The relocation of 13 transformers was the main factor responsible for the delay, he said.

The Minister said the government was waiting for the report of the national-level expert committee constituted by the government to find a solution to the problem of recurrent flooding in the capital city. “The experts visited the flood-prone areas and held discussions with the technical committee on Wednesday. They were expected to submit their report on Friday. Their recommendations would be incorporated into the reports already available with the government,” he said.