NH bypass: land to be acquired by Dec. 15


Phase II of bypass from Mukkola to Karode

Decks are getting cleared for the National Highways Authority of India to float bids for the Engineering, Construction, Procurement (EPC) contract for the second phase of the National Highway 66 bypass from Mukkola to Karode on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The district administration has swung into action to complete the land acquisition in the 16.5 km stretch from Mukkola to Karode and has prepared deadlines for handing over the land from the five villages to the NHAI.

The NHAI can float the EPC bids only if 90 per cent of the land is handed over to them. The NHAI has already awarded the contract for the four-laning of the 26.5 km NH 66 bypass stretch from Kazhakuttom to Mukkola.

District Collector Biju Prabhakar told The Hindu on Friday that the administration has geared up the machinery to complete 90 per cent of the land acquisition by November 30 and the land acquisition process by December 15. With this, NHAI will be able to float the EPC bids for Phase II. As many as 82.60 per cent of the land owners from Kottukal, Kanjiramkulam, Thirupuram, Chenkal and Karode villages have given land for the bypass project. Out of the 1,769 land owners, 263 had submitted the documents and their land had been acquired. The administration is to soon provide compensation for another 200 who had submitted documents to prove ownership of the land.

The District Collector said the remaining 63 had been asked to submit the documents by November 30. “We will remit the compensation in the court if these 63 land owners do not submit documents”. The NHAI had already provided Rs. 460.82 crore compensation.

The widened 42.8-km bypass stretching up to Karode is expected to decongest the city. The Centre is funding the project and the road users will have to pay toll as the EPC contractor will exit after the completion of the work.

Taking up the Phase II work along with the first phase will be beneficial to the firms bagging the work for arranging the men and machinery. The effort is to award the work before the forthcoming Assemby elections in the State.

Moreover, the completion of Phase II is also essential for toll collection. NHAI sources said collecting toll for the first phase alone would be tricky in a State like Kerala where the road users were yet to accept toll collection. Of the Rs.845.24 crore project, Rs.669.06 crore is for civil works. The 42.8-km stretch is part of the 212-km NH 66 bypass project of NHAI from Thuravur, the work on which started in 1974.

90% land has to be acquired to float EPC bid

Road users will have to pay toll

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