Alignment stones to be laid for NH widening

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will start laying alignment stones in Alappuzha district on Wednesday as part of acquiring land for widening the Thuravoor-Oachira stretch of the National Highway (NH) 66.

“The NHAI has appointed a consultancy for the purpose. The process will begin from Thuravoor. We expect them to complete boundary demarcation in the next 20 to 25 days. After the process is completed, the Revenue Department will launch survey for acquiring land,” said an official with the Revenue Department.

The official added that more surveyors had been recruited to complete the survey in a time-bound manner.

The plan is to widen the 81.6-km stretch of the NH into four lanes of 45 metres. The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had earlier issued a notification, which set in motion the process of land acquisition. As per the mandatory notification (dated February 15, under Section 3A of the National Highway Act, 1956), 126.6 hectares of government and private land would be acquired for NH development in the district.

A special unit under the Revenue Department has been entrusted with the land acquisition process.

The officials said all procedures related to acquiring land should be completed within a year for issuing 3D notification (declaration of acquisition). Otherwise, the 3A notification would become invalid.

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