NH66 widening survey completed

November 22, 2013


MALAPPURAM: The widening survey of National Highway 66 under Ernakulam division in Malappuram district would be completed on Friday.

The survey of 25km stretch from Palappettty to Kuttippuram villlage was completed amid strong protest in the district.

The survey was started on November 12 under the strict directions of the high court. Though the National Highway action committee had blocked the survey on the first day itself, police arrested the protesters and allowed the revenue and National Highway officials to continue the survey.

The survey was started from Palappetty in Veliyankode village near Ponnani.

“So far we have completed the survey process in 25km and the survey in remaining 7 km until Kuttippuram will be completed in this division. There were protests from the local people in various parts of the highway. But we were able to continue it with the support of police,” said the surveyor P V Jayaraj. Rest of the NH stretch, from Kuttippuram to Kozhikode comes under Kozhikode division of National Highway. Total length of the NH 66 passing through the district is about 60km.

However, the National Highway Action Committee is planning to intensify the strike against the widening process. They are demanding the road widening to be limited in 30m width and it should not be constructed under build-operate-transfer format.

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