Kochi

Mamala-Chitrapuzha Bund Road remains on paper

Confusion over free surrender of land for project

A stretch of 2,335 metres of road from Mamala on the Thiruvamkulam-Puthenkurisu road to Chitrapuzha in Irumpanam was envisaged as the Bund Road that could divert vehicular traffic from the busy Hill Palace-Thiruvamkulam road, bringing down the peak-hour traffic to a large extent.

But two years after the proposal found mention in the Finance Minister’s budget speech with an allotment of ₹75 crore, there had been no move in this regard.

Key agreement

The proposal for the road had come up from people and the important agreement was free surrender of land, Anoop Jacob, MLA, told The Hindu.

When the project was first mooted about 8 to 10 years ago, the State had agreed to provide funds for the road.

The delay in getting consent from all landowners, including the Indian Oil Corporation, which had later given sanction to construct a road while retaining the land ownership, was the main reason behind the delay, Mr. Jacob said.

Meeting

The project remains at the village level where the surrendered land is getting converted into revenue land so that no claims can be raised later.

“While the concept was acceptable to most people, a few had later demanded compensation. A meeting would be convened soon with landowners who have also formed an association,” said Mr. Jacob.

The alignment of the road has to be fixed to make a detailed project report.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has installed a pipeline underneath the proposed road area that goes up to Udayamperoor LPG bottling plant. The company paid about ₹50 lakh to the Thripunithura Municipality to lay the pipeline.

Francis Thathanat, one of the landowners, hopes that talks are likely to bring about a solution to the stalemate here.

‘No acquisition’

“It is the need of people here to have a road,” said Mr. Francis. There is no official machinery involved like in land acquisition, he said. Three public institutions, two educational and one religious, had also given up their claim for the road, said Mr. Francis.

Former Thripunithura municipal chairman R. Venugopal said that they had collected about 30 of the 52 landowners’ signatures for free surrender of land for the Bund Road.

There was no initiative on the part of the municipality to take this forward, he added.

O.V. Salim, vice chairman of the municipality, said the file had been handed over to the Thripunithura MLA as the State had earmarked funds through the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board.

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