KERALA

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KSTP work to be expedited

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Works under the Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP) have not come to a halt and it will be expedited after the rainy season, Public Works Minister T.U. Kuruvilla has said. An official release issued here on Wednesday said that Mr. Kuruvila had directed the officials concerned to speed up the works under the KSTP. The Malaysian company which had taken up the works had submitted a bill for Rs.11.35 crore. As per the contract, the company owes Rs.8.98 crore as mobilisation advance to the Government. The contract for completing the Thycode-Kazhakoottam road expired on December 15, 2003 and Thycode-Kottarakara and Alappuzha-Changanassery roads on December 15, 2005. The contract period for the work on the Kottarakara-Adoor and Adoor-Chengannur stretches expired on December 15, 2004. On failing to complete the works on time, the contract period was temporarily extended up to May 31, the release said. - Special Correspondent

One killed as

train hits car

ALAPPUZHA: A taxi car driver was killed when the New Delhi-bound Kerala Express hit his car at an unmanned level cross near Chengannur on Wednesday at around 2 p.m. The accident occurred at Madathilparambil level cross, near Chengannur, on the Mavelikkara-Chengannur road. The train hit the car and took the mangled car for short distance before coming to a halt. The railway authorities said the driver had been identified as Karthikeyan Nair alias Gopi, a native of Chengannur. Staff Reporter

Award for environmentalist

KOCHI: The environmental activist Indiannoor Gopi has won this year's P.V. Thampi memorial endowment award for environmental protection. The Rs.5000 award, in honour of the late journalist and environmental activist Thampi, recognises the `uncommon acts of common people' to protect the environment Forests Minister Benoy Viswom will present the award at a ceremony here on November 23. - Special Correspondent

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