Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on Thursday held discussions with his Karnataka counterpart B.S. Yeddyurappa over phone about expediting legal measures to relax the ban on night traffic along the highway between Gudlupet and Sulthanbathery.

It was decided that Transport Minister Jose Thettayil and Forest Minister Benoy Viswom would go to Bangalore for further discussions in this regard.

A petition filed by Kerala before the Karnataka High Court against the ban would come up for hearing only in November. Kerala is trying to expedite the case.

Though the Kerala Government had proposed to send an all-party delegation to Karnataka for discussions last week, the trip did not materialise.

However, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala went to Bangalore for discussions with Mr. Yeddyurappa.

Union Surface Transport Minister Kamal Nath has asked those concerned to take steps to have the judgment banning night traffic by the Karnataka High Court set aside and restore normal traffic along the roads.

This was conveyed over the telephone on Thursday by the Union Surface Transport Minister to the KPCC president.

The latter said the Union Minister informed him of the department’s resolve to implead itself as a party in the case.

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