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Minister says funds will not be a constraint

Kozhikode: Strict orders have been issued by Industries Minister Elamaram Karim to officials of various departments to complete repair of damaged roads in Kozhikode district within one month.

The Minister set the deadline for carrying out the work while speaking at meeting held at the Collectorate on Thursday to discuss the need for immediately improving the condition of roads.

Mr. Karim asked the officials to stick to the deadline and pointed out that the repair had to be done urgently since many roads had become un-motorable and the poor conditions of busy roads had led to loss of lives and injury to motorists.

Funds would not be constraint since Rs.50 crore had been sanctioned to undertake road repair in the State, the Minister pointed out at the meeting.

On behalf of the Public Works Department, the meeting was informed that reconstruction and repair would be taken up at 253 spots and completed on an urgent basis.

Funds

A sum of Rs.406.17 lakh from the relief fund for natural disasters would be used for the purpose and Rs.507 lakh would also be spent from Plan fund by the department to complete work in another 370 spots.

Officials of the National Highway Department announced at the meeting that repair work costing Rs.170 lakh would be carried out.

On the Vadakara ghat division work had already started. It was estimated to cost Rs.269.35 lakh. Works estimated to cost Rs.80 lakh was being carried out in the Kozhikode Corporation limits. In Koyilandy and Vadakara municipalities, maintenance work costing Rs.19 lakh and 56 lakh was under way.

The Kozhikode district panchayat would undertake repair of 37 roads.

District Collector A. Jaythilak, district panchayat’s standing committee chairman for public works M. Radhakrishnan, Corporation’s standing committee chairman for public works P. Kishenchand and other were present at the meeting. Stressing the government’s commitment to restore roads, the Minister said he would call a meeting two weeks later to review the progress of road works.

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