Special Correspondent

Since it was built with HUDCO funds,

a toll will be collected.

KOZHIKODE: Union Minister of State for Railways E. Ahamed declared open the railway over-bridge at Nandi on Monday, removing another bottleneck that had been slowing down and at times blocking the smooth flow of traffic from the city towards Kannur.

Since it had been built with funds from HUDCO, a toll would be collected at the over-bridge.

The Minister announced at the function that there was a proposal to enhance the share of Central government in projects involving construction of similar over-bridges to 80 per cent of the total cost. At present, the financial burden is shared equally by the State and central governments. The proposal had been placed before the Planning Commission. Mr. Ahamed, however, added that the onus of providing land for such projects would continue to be on State government. He also agreed to consider the demands for railway gates on roads between Nandi and Kadalur Light House and Tiruvangoor to Kappad. The announcement came in response to demands for railway gates by P.P. Viswan, MLA, in his speech. Public Works Minister P.J. Joseph said 17 more over-bridges would be built in the State. Though a toll would have to be paid at the over-bridge, vehicles going towards the lighthouse, without passing over it, would be exempted.

Union Minister of State for Home Mullappaly Ramachandran suggested building an alternative road, if a road between Thalassery and Mysore would have adverse environmental effects.