The construction of the Karamana-Kaliyikkavila four-lane National Highway will commence this year itself, Minister for Health V.S. Sivakumar has said. In a press release, the Minister said the Public Works Department would evaluate the value of the land that needed to be acquired. Before March 31, the rehabilitation package would be finalised. This project was included in a 10-part development package for the capital, he said.

At a workshop held on the development of the capital city region this week, ten projects were chosen, out of which work on four would commence this fiscal year, the release said. The construction of the 42-km ring road which would connect major junctions in the city was in progress. In the next stage, the widening of 60-km stretches of ring roads connecting the city with neighbouring townships would be undertaken.

A detailed report was being prepared for the ‘Haritha Gramam’ scheme, as part of which one lakh saplings would be planted.