The road is being developed in such a way that there is a provision for laying water supply pipelines without damaging the road.
The widening works of the 29.2-km Karamana-Kaliyikkavila stretch of NH 66 is progressing in a fast pace. The first reach of the work which is the 5.5Km stretch from Karamana to Pravachambalam is 75% complete.
The widening jobs has been completed till Karakkamandapam while the construction of protective walls on either side of the road is over till the end of the reach. The laying of pre-cast drains along the stretch will be undertaken in the coming days. At some places the electric posts need to be removed and 2 transformers near the Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering are yet to be shifted. The road is being developed in such a way that there is a provision for laying water supply pipelines without damaging the road.
The failure to shift the mosque and tomb in Pappanamcode has created a bottleneck in the area. The contentious issue has been referred to the State government to find a way to break the existing deadlock. Earlier it was planned to shift the mosque to a 9-cent plot owned by BSNL. The opposition raised by various organisations compelled the district authorities to transfer the issue to the government. Later, an attempt to acquire a nearby plot from a private individual for the purpose was also stalled due to legal hassles. Due to this long traffic queues are usually seen along the stretch during peak hours.
Meanwhile, the price of the land to be acquired for the phase II four-laning of the 6.5-km Pravachambalam-Vazhimukku stretch was recently rationalised.
*Photo Credit: Viveks, SSC