Decks cleared for ₹1,968-cr highway project in Kerala

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Decks have been cleared for six-laning of the National Highway 66 with the Standing Financing Committee of MoRTH clearing the first 39-km corridor from Thalapady to Chengala in Kasargod. Once MoRTH issues the order, NHAI can open tenders and the formalities can be completed to award the work. The six-lane corridor from the Kerala-Karnataka border, with an RoW of 45 m and estimated to cost ₹1,968.84 crore, will be completed in two-and-a-half years. Under MoRTH's Bharatmala Pariyojana project, the hybrid annuity mode will be adopted for executing the works. As much as 35.66 hectares of land will have to be acquired at a cost of ₹683.09 crore. The State will meet 25% cost of the land acquisition for the corridor. The CM expressed his gratitude to Nitin Gadhkari for expediting the highway construction across the state. The CM had asked for the development of 521.81 km stretch of the national highway from Talapaddy to Kazhakootam in hiruvananthapuram covering the whole length within the state. The state government plans to develop eight projects which are to be started this year. Work on the 18 km Thalassery-Mahe bypass is in full swing and work on the 28.6 km Kozhikode bypass into six lanes, has been started.

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