The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued land acquisition notification for 10-kms out of 59-km stretch of the Kollam-Shenkottai greenfield national highway in Kerala. Acquisition of land in Kollam district is still an issue as it is acquired by villages such as Kudavoor, Madavoor, Navaikulam, and Pallickal under the 3A notification, which is part of the Varkala taluk in Thiruvananthapuram district. Land acquisition in Punalur and Kottarakkara taluks in Kollam district is currently led by the district administration.
The project’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) is also underway. Since a substantial chunk of the route includes forest territory. The forest region covers around 27 hectares of land of which 12 hectares is in Thiruvananthapuram district.
Once the Kollam-Shenkottai stretch becomes operational, people from Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam can directly reach Tirunelveli and get easy connectivity to the NH-44 corridor.