The project involves developing the 11.5km stretch into a four-lane road. The average width of the stretch is 12 metres now. It will be widened to 21 metres as a four-lane road.
The state government has sanctioned Rs 59 crore for land acquisition for the Vazhayila-Nedumangad road widening.
The director board of the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) which met the other day, sanctioned Rs 59.22 crore for land acquisition.
The road widening will be initiated soon and will be one of the major projects to be executed by KIIFB in the district.
The project involves developing the 11.5km stretch into a four-lane road. The average width of the stretch is 12 metres now. It will be widened to 21 metres as a four-lane road. A flyover has been proposed at Koottappara where it is difficult to acquire land due to the presence of KWA pipeline.
The initial estimate for the project was Rs 348 crore, which has been increased to Rs 415.43 crore now. The alignment of the state highway has been finalised and PWD has also completed the soil testing for the project.
Around Rs 50 crore was allotted a year ago for preparing preliminary report and investigation of the stretch. Already, a few stretches of the road from Kowdiar to Vazhayila have been widened as part of the City Roads Improvement Project. Widening the stretch till Nedumangad will facilitate better connectivity.
The Vazhayila-Nedumangad road is one of the main roads that lead to the city.