Labour Minister P.K. Gurudasan, who is also Kollam MLA, has written to Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Kamal Nath to accord administrative sanction for Rs.7.84 crore at the earliest for the construction of a bridge parallel to the Irumbupalam across the Kollam canal in the city.

He has said the Irumbupalam point along National Highway 47 remains a bottleneck since the bridge is too narrow to accommodate the heavy traffic there.

Fund allocation

Fund allocation for the new bridge has been cleared by the Centre in principle following efforts by the State government.

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