Chandy rules out change in alignment of highway

Staff Reporter
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Widening of stretch from Cherthala to Kazhakuttam

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that altering the alignment for the widening of the National Highway stretch from Cherthala to Kazhakuttam has been ruled out following talks with top officials of the National Highways Authority of India.

In view of the development, payment of suitable compensation plus a package to those whose land will have to be acquired is the only option before the State government.

The NHAI authorities had informed the government that places of worship and the Asan Memorial at Thonakkal would be spared to the maximum possible extent during the widening exercise.

The Chief Minister said this while addressing a gathering here on Thursday after laying the foundation stone for a bridge parallel to the existing Iron Bridge in Kollam city.

He said that if the alignment was altered, the development of the Cherthala- Kazhakuttam stretch would get indefinitely delayed.

At the same time following talks with the Central government, it had been decided to detach the work on construction of the Kollam and Alappuzha bypasses from the Cherthala-Kazhakuttam NH development package.

The work on these two bypasses would now be taken up separately and be completed at the earliest.

The expenditure for that would be equally shared by the State and Central governments.

Work on the Kazhakuttam-Thirvananthapuram bypass would also be included in a separate package and taken up for construction.

The Chief Minister said that lack of proper infrastructure was a big problem the State faced.

If there was sufficient infrastructure it would attract good investments. If the State would have to progress, infrastructure was vital. But somehow the State had been ignoring this important aspect for various reasons.

Public Works Minister V.K. Ebrahim Kunju, who presided over the function, said that work on the bridge would be speeded up to complete the construction in six months.

Labour Minister Shibu Baby John, P.K. Gurudasan, MLA, Mayor Prasanna Earnest, district panchayat president R. Gopalakrishna Pillai, and District Collector P.G. Thomas spoke.

Public Works Department superintending engineer P.K. Rajeev presented a report.

  • Talks held with NHAI officials

  • Work on Kollam, Alappuzha bypasses to be taken up separately




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