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Land acquisition delay hits road work

Staff Reporter

Widening of 2.9-km stretch of Eranhipalam-Arayadathupalam road

— Photo: K. Ragesh

LONG WAIT: The stretch taken up for road widening at the Eranhipalam junction on the mini-bypass in Kozhikode.

Kozhikode: A glitch in acquiring 10 cents of land is delaying the widening of the mini bypass road from the Eranhipalam junction to the Arayadathupalam junction.

Work on the project has been envisaged under the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP), funded by the Asian Development Bank.

It was started last year and should have been completed this month.

Construction had begun at a fast pace on the 2.9-km stretch.

The Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society, entrusted with the job, is still carrying on the work.

The proposal is to convert the road into a four-lane track at a total cost of Rs.9.17 crore. The road, parallel to Canoly Canal and adjacent to the Sarovaram Bio-Park, will be made into a landmark avenue. Trees will be planted on either side of it.

Facelift

Another proposal is to give a facelift to the Arayadathupalam and the Eranhipalam junctions so as to ease traffic congestion there.

The construction of a flyover at Arayadathupalam junction will be over by December.

However, the land by the road near the Passport Office, close to the Eranhipalam junction, is yet to be acquired. The Traffic department has now blocked a side of the road from this junction.

Officials say the Revenue Department had decided on the total land to be acquired for widening the mini bypass. But it was found that the survey number of the 10 cents of land to be acquired had not been included in the project during a review conducted by the Public Works Department.

Now, the chief engineer of the City Road Improvement Project in Thiruvananthapuram has to certify a revised proposal that includes the land for acquisition. After that, a notification has to be issued.

The land to be acquired is in possession of six individuals. The majority of them are willing to hand over their share.

But the Revenue Department has to assess the value of the land. The procedure will take time, the officials say.

The construction of drains on the western side of the road with service ducts for cables of the Kerala State Electricity Board and telecom operators is almost complete.

Dividers will separate the seven-metre carriageways. There is a proposal to install streetlights from Eranhipalam to Arayadathupalam.

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