State not for alignment change

Minister for Public Works G. Sudhakaran on Saturday hinted that the State government was against changing the alignment of the proposed bypass of NH 66 at Keezhattoor.

Presiding over the third Engineers Congress organised by the Public Works Department, the Minister said the State government was being blamed for the alignment issues. “The NHAI has fixed the alignment and the fight is on between the MoRTH and the MoEF. We will not intervene,” he said.

The Minister criticised the inspection carried out by junior officials of MoEF who have expressed reservation on the alignment. The move is to drag the NH alignment till the next Assembly elections, he said, adding the government will not be responsible for such cheap politics. Paddy cultivation is not going to be affected and what is good should be executed.

The Minister said the Centre should understand the situation in the State and the hassles in acquiring land. Kerala cannot be compared to States like Madhya Pradesh where land is available for development. The Minister said NH development cannot be delayed in the State and pointed out that laying boundary stones had been completed in all districts, except Alappuzha.

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