An action council here has come up with a demand for recommencing the construction of the Cheepunkal-Maniyaparambu road in Kumarakom after a gap of over 25 years.
Speaking at a press conference, action council chairman Sathian Attuchira said the development of the road was necessary for ensuring the comprehensive progress of the Upper Kuttanad region.
The work on the road was formally launched in March 1988. As part of the project, the Maniyaparambu bridge was constructed with an expenditure of Rs. 3.5 crore and was commissioned in the year 2010. “Although an amount of Rs.5.94 crore had also been sanctioned for the road construction, there has not been much progress in this regard. Later, the UDF government sanctioned an additional amount of Rs. 36 crore for the project. However, the authorities have failed to ensure the recommencement of the works”, said Mr. Attuchira.
According to him, the construction of the 5.5-km long road will provide easier access to the Kottayam Medical College Hospital (MCH. “Those coming from Cherthala, Vaikom, Alappuzha and Kumarakom would be able to reach the hospital much faster than through the existing route. At present, we are compelled to travel close to 40 km to reach the MCH. With the completion of the road construction, the distance between Cheepunkal and the Kottayam MCH would come down to 10.5 km”, he said.
As part of launching their agitations, the members of the action council will block the starting point of the proposed road in Cheepunkal on May 27.