The Kochi-based RDS Projects has won the six-laning of the Kazhakkoottam-Paripally stretch of NH 66 near Kadampattukonam at Thiruvananthapuram-Kollam involving ₹790 crore investment. An agreement will be signed with the company soon, while the letter of acceptance has already been received. Now, the contractor needs to submit the performance schedules with a bank guarantee after that the NHAI will hand over the land to the company and an appointment date will be sent to them for starting the construction work, informed P Pradeep, Project Director at NHAI.
The Kazhakkoottam-Parippally stretch is slated to be widened to 45m to facilitate the six-lane traffic and there will be service roads on either side and proper road safety measures will be put in place, as mandated by the Indian Road Congress. Once the road is widened, the travel time from Kollam to Thiruvananthapuram, which normally takes 90 to 105 minutes during peak hours, will be reduced by 20 to 30 minutes.