Photo - S Gopakumar
The four-laning of the National Highway-66 bypass stretch from Kazhakuttam to Mukkola is progressing in a good pace.
The formation of the subgrade, the basic foundation of a road is expected to commence within a week. Lab tests were conducted on soil samples obtained from various locations to determine density, moisture content and other aspects. Lab test is necessary before commencing to raise the surface level.
The formation of the subgrade, the basic foundation of a road is expected to commence within a week.
The subgrade formation will begin from Kazhakuttam. Already, the land has been cleared and trees have been cut down. However, a few electric posts were yet to be removed on the stretch. It is expected that KSEB will begin moving the post within a few days.
The company has already started the preliminary activities for constructing a culvert at 400 metres from Kazhakuttam and the proposed underpass, overpass and another culvert at Mukkola.
Meanwhile, the Social Forestry wing has completed listing of trees that will be cut on the stretch from Chakka to Thiruvallam. The department had previously undertaken the enumeration on an 11-km stretch from Kazhakuttam to Chakka.
Around 40,000 tree saplings will be planted in order to compensate for the loss.
Around 40,000 tree saplings will be planted in order to compensate for the loss. The saplings will be planted at various plots at Kazhakuttam and Karyavattom. The ground has been prepared in the identified plots for the planned activity. A nursery will be established in Kazhakuttom for developing the required saplings.