Benny Behanan and Thomas Chazhikadan, MPs, met Nationwide Highways Authority of India Chairman Santosh Yadav on Tuesday and demanded a spur highway connecting the Kochi-Theni greenfield NH 85 hall with land that had been acquired roughly 30 years in the past by PWD (NH wing) for the yet-to-be-realised Thripunithura Bypass.
The spur highway would assist set up direct connectivity from the proposed greenfield hall to Tripunithura city. Mr Yadav mentioned that NHAI may look into it if land was made accessible and that he would depute officers with the duty of finding out the venture and submitting a report.
Again in 2021, the NHAI had readied a tentative alignment for the greenfield NH hall, by together with areas that had been acquired over three many years in the past for the Tripunithura Bypass. The 45-m huge hall will take off a kilometre south of Kundannoor Junction, to forestall congestion on the junction and is geared toward establishing port-to-port connectivity between Kochi and Tuticorin by means of Munnar and Theni.
The PWD (NH Wing) which readied the alignment for the 8.50-km-long Thripunithura bypass, had requested the NHAI that the modified alignment of the Kochi-Munnar NH ought to move by means of the alignment that had been finalised 30 years in the past for the bypass venture, since there could be no want to accumulate land afresh in most of the areas that had been frozen for the Thripunithura bypass venture.
Whereas land homeowners who surrendered land within the 3.44-km Mattakuzhi-Thiruvankulam stretch had been eager on highway connectivity, these whose plots had been but to be acquired had been unsure whether or not the NHAI would come with that portion of the alignment within the alignment for the proposed NH hall. Many individuals haven’t been compensated, though their lands had been frozen to be acquired at a later stage. They had been unable to unload lands and even modify their homes in the course of the previous over 30 years, because of this.
Residents and different land homeowners demanded a spur highway, after the NHAI made it clear in its closing alignment of the greenfield NH hall that it might be troublesome to incorporate the Tripunithura Bypass alignment within the hall, to keep away from curves.