Government to widen NH on available land

The plan to widen Moonumukku-Poovanpara stretch by 20 mts hit by reluctance of traders to give land.

Thiruvananthapuram: Public Works Minister Mr G Sudhakaran said that in view of the difficulties in getting land for widening the national highway at Attingal, the government was planning to widen the stretch with the land available.

Replying to a submission of B Sathyan MLA in the Assembly on Wednesday, Mr Sudhakaran said that though the plan was to widen the Moonumukku - Poovanpara stretch by 20 metres, it was hit due to the reluctance of many traders to give land. Hence the government was now planning to widen the stretch with the available land. But he said that the municipality and treasury had offered land and the government was also approaching the postal department for some land to expand the road.

He recollected that administrative sanction for Rs 22 crore was given for widening the stretch in 2014. The public works department initiated a tender for widening the stretch in 2015 after the municipality assured about 80 percent of the land. But the municipality could not takeover the land and hence the tender had to be cancelled.

It may be recalled that a proposal to shift the private bus stop in Attingal town to Mammom and for a NH by-pass at Attingal is also pending for quite a long time.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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