2nd Phase of Karamana-Kaliyikkavila Hit Road Block Again!

2nd Phase of Karamana-Kaliyikkavila Road Widening: Tender process to begin soon

The second phase of the Karamana-Kaliyikkavila faced many delays owing to various reasons.

The second phase of the Karamana-Kaliyikkavila road development has come to a standstill due to lack of coordination between the PWD and Revenue Department.

Land acquisition is on from Pravachambalam to Vazhimukku and almost 80% of the process is complete. The revenue department has demarcated the 5.6km stretch from Pravachambalam to Kodinada for road widening and the compensation for the landowners was also dispensed. The land owners had also started demolishing buildings on their properties.

However, the revenue department has stopped the land acquisition process from Kodinada to Balaramapuram, after traders along the stretch expressed their dissent. And land owners at Vazhimukku are demanding a hike in compensation.

Earlier, it was decided that the tender will be floated after completing land acquisition till Kodinada. So PWD’s decision to start construction works after completing acquisition till Vazhimukku elicited protests from the local residents and the action council. This decision will bring further delay.

We will start the construction once land along the entire stretch is acquired. So there will be a delay in starting the work. We can’t start the construction works due to some disputes regarding the land acquisition in Balaramapuram. However, we will follow-up the matter and hope to resolve it soon,” said K P Prabhakaran, PWD chief engineer (NH) to New Indian Express.

Although Rs 200 crore had been allocated in the budget, the delay in getting approval from the Revenue Department has also affected the pace of the project adversely. The revenue officials have dispensed over Rs 150 crore so far.

The second phase of the Karamana-Kaliyikkavila faced many delays owing to various reasons. The main reason for the delay was the transfer of special officers entrusted with land acquisition. Now only land acquisition again gained a momentum.

Source* New Indian Express

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