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As the 1st phase of the widening of road widening of Kazhakkoottam to Mukkola is progressing, NHAI has invited tenders for the next stretch from Mukkola to Karode.
NHAI has invited tenders for the widening of 16.20km stretch from Mukkola to Karode under engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode. The estimated project cost is Rs 804.97 crore. The upcoming assembly elections forced the officials speed up works to tender the phase II of widening of NH-66 bypass. According to the officials, 90% of land acquisition has been completed from Mukkola to Karode. A total of Rs 440.86 crore has been allotted for 1,659 affected persons. The amount has been distributed to most people.
A total of Rs 440.86 crore has been allotted for 1,659 affected persons.
Meanwhile, the construction of a new bridge parallel to the existing one at Akkulam as part of widening has begun. NHAI has started removing sand for constructing the bridge. The new bridge will have a width of 10.5 metre and will have a length of 365 metres. The existing bridge has a width of only 9 metre. Once the new bridge is constructed, both the bridges will be used as one ways. The construction is likely to be completed in a year.
The NH wing of PWD has initiated works to handover the toll collection from private party to NHAI. However, toll collection won’t be stopped even if it is handed over to NHAI. Fortunately, there won’t be separate tolls after completion of Kazhakkoottam-Mukkola road. Toll will be collected even in EPC mode. The difference is that if private parties collect toll in BOT project, government will collect toll in EPC mode.
The construction of a new bridge parallel to the existing one at Akkulam has started.
The NH bypass project involves widening of 43km stretch from Kazhakkoottam to Karode in 45 metres. In the first phase 26.5km stretch from Kazhakkoottam to Mukkola is being widened. The project was in limbo for more than four decades even after the land acquisition.