Thiruvananthapuram Bypass: Statutory Notification Published in Gazette for Land Acqusition

After a long wait of nearly two decades, the widening of Thriuvanathapuram Bypass from Kazhakkoottam to Karode near Kerala-Tamilnadu border is approaching to be its reality !

We wish to thank our M.P, Dr.Shashi Tharoor for his efforts for taking up this prestigious project, which is expected to transform the entire south-western stretch of Thiruvananthapuram district with the highest authorities at the Centre, including the former Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri C.P Joshi, on priority basis.

Statutory notification needed for acquisition of land for the construction of the long-awaited Kazhakuttam-Kaliyikavila four-lane NH-47 bypass has been issued under Section 3A of the National Highways Act, 1956 for acquisition of land for the bypass has been published in the Gazette of India (Extraordinary) on March 22.With the publication of the notification, the final statutory step for starting the crucial land acquisition process has been crossed and all necessary action by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to start work on the project which is expected to transform the entire south-western stretch of Thiruvananthapuram district will commence immediately.

The NHAI authorities are expected to publish the notification containing the full details of the land to be acquired, in the newspapers in a couple of days.

The Gazette Notification for land acquisition under Section 3A of the National Highways Act, 1956 will be followed up by further proceedings under subsequent sections, including Section 3D (declaration of acquisition) and 3H (deposit and payment of amount of compensation) in a time-bound manner to complete the land acquisition formalities, which are expected to be completed within a period of one year.

The total cost of the project, which will be under BOT, is expected to be around Rs. 750 crores, including land acquisition and pre-construction activity, both of which will be directly handled by the NHAI.

The total cost of the project, which will be under BOT, is expected to be around Rs 750 crores. A total of 70.65 ha will have to be acquired on the 17 km Kottukal-Karode stretch. In addition, a total of 25.26 ha will have to be additionally acquired on the 22 km Kazhakoottam-Kottukal stretch for structures such as bridges, culverts, and viaducts.

The whole project will include construction of four major bridges including a new bridge at Aakulam, 60 culverts, one rail over bridge at Chakai and 11 under- passes. It is expected that NHAI will complete the entire project (Kazhakuttam to Karode) within 36 months once the tender being awarded.

News Sourced from “Metro Vaartha” and inputs from Dr.Shashi Tharoor’s Website

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