The Highway Action Forum has expressed concern over the move by vested interests in torpedoing the development of the National Highway in Kerala with a width of 35 metres.

In a statement the State president of the forum, S. Prakash Menon said that the motive for a 45-metre highway is to divert land for other commercial activities under the pretext of highway development.

Mr. Menon said that during the tenure of the previous LDF government an all-party meeting had come to the conclusion that the highway could be developed into a four-lane path with 30 metres width. A memorandum in this connection was handed over to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by the then Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan.