520 km Kerala highway project still awaits nod
PM News Bureau
Kerala Public Works Minister Mons Joseph, while addressing a
meet on the need for an expressway in the state recently, remarked that Kerala
required a high-speed road corridor from Kasaragod in the north to
Thiruvananthapuram in the south.
During the last United Democratic Front government, the proposal for a
high-speed highway was a subject of an intense row. The minister said that the
government had studied the report for a 520-km highway, prepared during the last
government, but it had to form a consensus on the project.
Kerala is lagging behind other states in road development. The main reasons are
the unavailability of land and population density. The delay in land acquisition
is also creating hurdles in road projects.
The Rs 1.5-billion city development project in capital city Thiruvananthapuram
got bogged down as land could not be acquired on time. Punj Lloyd, which was
entrusted with the project, stopped work midway because of the delay in
acquisition. Now the government has completed 85 per cent of the land
acquisition and the company has agreed to restart the work. The project will be
completed in 18 months.
[May 26-June 1, 2008]