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KSTP work to start in September

Staff Reporter

Rs.250-crore work to offer improved road facility


  • First phase of land acquisition for the project over
  • Roads to be upgraded to international standards
  • Fast track land acquisition for the project

    KANNUR: The Package V of the World Bank-aided Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP) involving upgradation of three selected State highways in Kannur and Kasaragod districts is all set for the commencement of works.

    World Bank officials recently visited the districts and inspected the land and structure acquired for the project, which has been a long-cherished dream in this part of the State.

    The project estimated, to cost Rs.250 crores, is expected to be a great relief to the region known for its narrow highways with little facilities expected of highways. The work is all set to start by the third week of September. It involves upgradation of the roads to international standards of 15-metre-wide, two-lane roads. The roads are Thalassery-Valavupara, Kasaragod-Kanhangad and Pilathara-Pappinissery having a total length of Rs.107 km.

    The World Bank team was satisfied with the final works related to the demolition of structures for transferring encumbrance-free land for a length of 45 km.

    The process of the KSTP holding discussions with the World Bank officials was already over.

    The contractors for the work, Gammon India, had already completed the preliminary activities, including arrangement of quarries, mobilisation of engineers as well as setting up of plants and equipment for start of the work. The officials said that the clearance of the project by the World Bank would not have been possible but for the active role played by local MLAs and District Collectors.

    Within seven months, land acquisition proceedings have been completed for a stretch of 26 km of the total 74 km for the Thalassery-Valavupara and Pilathara-Pappinissery roads and 15 kms for the Kasaragod-Kanhangad stretch.

    According to District Collector K. S. Srinivas, this fast-track approach can be a model for future land acquisition activities. KSTP executive engineer A. R. Narayanan admits that the co-operation from the public has played a great role to ensure this record achievement.

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