Two of the national highway projects—172-km Kazhakuttam-Cherthala and 111.73-km Edappally-Kuttipuram— in Kerala planned under the National Highway Development Project by the National Highways Authority of India have been stalled.
The projects are part of the four laning of the 318-km Thalapady-Kuttipuram national highway in three stretches. Land issues and opposition from villagers has stalled the four lane carriageway. The stretches also come under the 669-km Thalapady-Kaliyikkavila section on NH-66 and the 160-km Walayar-Edappally section on NH-544.
With these two projects not progressing in the state, the other ongoing projects on the 55-km Walayar-Wadakkancherry section, 22-km Wadakkancherry-Mannuthy section and 43-km Kazhakuttam-Inchivila section are expected to face challenges. Work has already started on four laning of Walayar-Wadakkancherry and Wadakkancherry-Mannuthy sections, while tenders have been floated for the Kazhakuttom-Inchivila section.