Work on the ₹1,248 crore road widening project in Kerala will begin soon. It entails widening the NH 66 of Kazhakoottam-Kadampattukonam on Thiruvananthapuram-Kollam border where the existing road will be widened into a six-lane stretch with service roads.
The tender for the construction of this 31.25-km stretch has been awarded to New Delhi-based Shivalaya Constructions. The preliminary proceedings have started to hand over the acquired land to the contractor to start the work.
Prior to this, the tender work for the Kottankulangara bypass at Kollam-Alappuzha border was completed for the project won by Vishwasamudra Engineering. With this, the six-laning of NH 66 in Kollam district is inching closer to reality.
Meanwhile, the preliminary proceedings, including the completion of land acquisition, have not been completed on Kazhakoottam- Kadampattukoanm stretch as the authorities of Thiruvarattukavu Devi temple at Attingal had approached the court and secured a stay order against acquiring 0.04 hectares of land that belongs to the temple for the bypass work.