Work of the Rs 153 crore Kozhikode byepass road, linking the National Highway No 17, will start on September 1, Kerala Public Works Minister V K Ebrahim Kunju today said. Central nod for the project, perhaps with first state funded NH scheme in the country, has already been received, he said adding its preliminary work will start tomorrow. He said the state government had decided to fund the project as land acquisition for the national highway development project was delayed inordinately. The Kozhikode byepass project, which was part of the Speed Kerala scheme, would ease the growing traffic snarls in the State, he said. The proposed 28.12 km byepass linking the NH 17 is from Vengalam to Idimuzhikkal. He said land for 45 metre width project starting from Vengalam, passing through east of Kozhikode city, Chemmancherry, Thalakkulathur, Pooladikkunnu Vengeri, Nellakode, Koottuli, Olavana, Pantherrankavu, Vazhayur and Ramanattukara panchayats on a total stretch of 28.12 km has been acquired, he said. Out of this, 22 km stretch 2lane road work from Pooladikkunnu to Idimuzhikkal has already been executed, he said adding rest of the 5.1 stretch from Vengalam to Pooladikunnu work is part of the proposed project. He said initially the government proposed to development it as 4lane road as part of the NH Development Project but decided to undertake the 5.1 km stretch project due to delayed land acquisition. Vatakarabased Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society has been entrusted with the ambitious project, he said, adding Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate it.
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