The decade old dream of Keralites of
having a six lane highway connecting Tiruvanthapuram to Kasargode district in
the northern end of the state may fructify with the work on the southern end of
the corridor between the state capital with Kollam is expected to be taken up
in the next four months.
the national high authority has estimated that the work on the project is
expected to commence in april but the biggest hurdle is 20 per cent of the land
required for the project including a temple near attingal needs to be still
acquired and a case is pending in a court of law.
As of now, 80 per
cent of land acquisition has been completed
As of now, 80 per cent of land acquisition has been completed. Right now,
there is a stay order against the acquisition near Attingal. Since the
Thirupalkadal temple is located close to the new alignment, the property owners
secured a stay order against the move. However, the acquisition proceedings are
going on a fast pace in the remaining area in the district. We expect the land
take over to be completed in two months. By that time, we will select the
contractor and the work could begin in April”, he said.
The 3(D) notification for the acquisition was issued recently. The 3(A)
notification was issued to announce the plan to acquire around 93 hectares in
January last year. As per the agreement with MoRTH, the 526-km national highway
stretch from Thalappady to Kazhakoottam will be widened in 45 metres. However,
it will be divided into 13
stretches, including the 29-kilometre Kazhakoottam-Kadampattukonam
The stretch will be developed as per the standards of Indian Road Congress
and will be constructed on Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) model.
The 526-km national highway from Thalappady in kasargode district in
Northern Kerala bordering Karnataka to
Kazhakoottam near the state capital Tiruvanathapuram will be widened to 45
metres. It is divided into 13 stretches
The dream of the
keralites likely to wait for decades before becoming a reality; land
acquisition is the hurdle
Ever since widening of the entire stretch of national highways into four
lanes was completed in neighboring Tamil Nadu nearly ten years ago, it has been
the dream of the keralites to have a similar facility in their state. But the
serious problem of land acquisition still continues to stare at the project
which may take decades to complete.