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Old November 11th, 2010, 07:31 AM   #21
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  • The Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi conducted "Harthal" yesterday from Karamana to Kaliyikkavila protesting against the widening of the highway.

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Old November 11th, 2010, 10:51 AM   #22
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Land acquisition put on hold

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The land acquisition process for the National Highway development in the state has hit a roadblock following the late realisation of the State Government that the Centre is yet to endorse the rehabilitation package submitted by the state. A day after the government notified the land acquisition programme for NH widening in the major newspapers in the state, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan instructed the district collectors to stop the process. In April, the state had decided to temporarily suspend land acquisition as there had been protests from the small-scale trading community in the state against widening of the roads.

The Public Works Department had then worked out a rehabilitation package and submitted to the Centre, which was given an ‘in-principle’ approval by the National Highways Authority of India. The NHAI sent an official intimation to the state on August 27 stating that the Centre was ready to give market rate for the acquired land.

Later, the all-party meeting held in the state reversed the earlier decision unanimously agreeing that the highway width could be increased to 45 metres. Subsequently, the state made changes in the proposed rehabilitation package including the omission of people’s representatives from the district-level purchase committees. The reworked rehabilitation package was submitted to the Centre on which the state is yet to get a reply.

Sources told Express that it was the result of misconception on the part of the State Government that the notification for land acquisition was issued in the media. “The Centre had responded only to the initial rehabilitation package. The revised package submitted by the state is yet to receive any response”, sources said.

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Old November 11th, 2010, 11:15 AM   #23
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It would have been far better to have under passes and flyovers for all these major junctions.. and if they incorporate the same along with current widening, it could save tax payers money & time as well.... If not today, tomorrow they will have to construct those..

Otherwise it is another punishment for the public to tolerate the red lights alongway....


[QUOTE=ajithv;66850757]Those who know the difficulty;they will support road widening and request for 45m.


  • Pappancode Vikasana Samithy(The joint committee of Residential Associations,Social & Cultural Organisations) requested the Govt. to develop all the major junctions fro Karamana to Kaliyikkavila to be developed in 45m.

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Old November 12th, 2010, 06:37 AM   #24
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  • Aroor-Vytilla NH-47 is expected to commission alongwith the toll collection before the new year.
  • The Contractor requested the time extension for 40 days as the scheduled completion date expired on October 31st.
  • NHAI didn't give any further deadline but insisted the JV to complete the works at the earliest.
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Old November 12th, 2010, 06:38 AM   #25
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Shot Using Canon PowerShot S5 IS on 20.10.2010
  • A very congested Toll Plaza not confirming to the regulations published by MoRTH.
  • The "Extra Wide" lane is not sufficient for "Extra Wide" vehicles eventhough the width is comaparatively "wider" than other lanes.Normally the outer lane is kept open for "Extra Wide Vehicles" and designated as "Extra Wide Lane".Here permanant concrete pillars on the extreme end may block the "Extra Wide" Vehicles.
  • The lane allocation is not as per the specifications.

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Old November 12th, 2010, 06:51 AM   #26
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Roads lead to Sabarimala to be made as Safe Zone


  • The roads under this are Pathanapuram-Pamba and Kanamala-Pamba.
  • This will be implemented by the Kerala Motor Vehicles Dept. with the help of Kerala Road Safety Authority.
  • Patrolling will be carried out 24hrs along Pathanapuram-Vadasserikkara,Pamba-Vadasserikkara,Erumeli-Pamba routes.
  • Sign Boards will be fixed from Laha to Chalakkayam.
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Old November 13th, 2010, 06:27 AM   #27
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Three-member panel to probe causes of accident

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: A three-member committee will investigate the causes of road accidents claiming the lives of three or more persons, the State Government has decided.

The Kerala Road Safety Authority, which met here on Wednesday, decided that the committee would comprise Deputy Superintendent of Police, Motor Vehicle Inspector and PWD assistant executive engineer, who would investigate and submit the report on the cause of the accident to the Road Safety Authority through the corresponding district road safety councils.

"The investigation will focus on the main cause of the accident, for example, whether the accident had occurred owing to the engineering defect of the roads," Transport Minister Jose Thettayil said here on Thursday, while explaining the decisions taken in the meeting.

The meeting found that there were 896 accident-prone areas on the roads and there were 217 highly accident-prone areas, which have been named as 'black spots'. Home guards will be deployed in 149 black spots out of these, to regulate the traffic.

"The Authority has also set aside Rs 4.5 crore to rectify 50 black spots spread in three zones of Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram before March 31, 2011," the Minister said.

The meeting also decided to award the best drivers in each district. The drivers will be chosen from among three categories three drivers from vehicles of educational institutions, seven from private buses and five from KSRTC buses. They will be awarded Rs 5,000 each, the Minister said. In addition, 20 training programmes will be organised for the drivers of tipper lorries and other commercial vehicles. For the training programme, Rs 12 lakh has been set aside by the Authority.

Another Rs 50 lakh has been granted to the Health Department to launch ambulance services in emergency situations such as road accidents. To impart a sense of awareness relating to road safety, the curriculum in this regard will be included in the school syllabus from next academic year, the Minister said.

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Old November 14th, 2010, 12:45 PM   #28
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Special package for Sabarimala roads announced

PATHANAMTHITTA: PWD Minister M Vijayakumar has announced a permanent special package for Sabarimala roads.

Talking to newsmen at the Collectorate conference hall here on Saturday, the PWD Minister, who was here in connection with the review on the maintenance works of Sabarimala roads, said that the Government would undertake development works of all important Sabarimala roads under the heavy maintenance scheme during the 2010 2011 financial year. A highlevel meeting to discuss the implementation of the Sabarimala roads under the heavy maintenance scheme would be held in the middle of December, Vijayakumar said. Vijayakumar said to begin with, the work on MannarakulanjiChalakayam road and ErumelyElavunkal road would begin immediately after the conclusion of the Makaravilaku season in January, the Minister said. The main objective of bringing the Sabarimala roads under the scheme would be to ensure hasslefree travel for pilgrims and preventing lastminute repair work during the rainy season, he said. Vijayakumar said a new clause of fiveyear guarantee would introduced for the Sabarimala roads.

The Minister said that all the Sabarimalabased roads and related roads would be brought under the new scheme in phases, he said.

The Minister said that maintenance work of all important Sabarimala roads have been completed. Barring one of the 60 roads, repair work have been completed and the remaining one would be completed in tow days.

In case of fresh potholes on repaired roads, the Minister said that the department authorities would take up urgent repair works in such cases.

Vijayakumar said that the functioning of the PWD would be revamped so as to present a new face of the department to the people.

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Old November 17th, 2010, 07:58 AM   #29
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  • Kerala High Court criticizes Forest Dept. for not giving permission to repair the Ayyappan Road at Sabarimala on time.
  • Court asked the Govt.to produce the names of the forest staffs who denied the permission.
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Old December 1st, 2010, 04:29 AM   #30
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About the "Bermuda Triangle" of NH-17,Vattappara in Malappuram District.

http://www.mathrubhumi.com/malappura...alappuram.html
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Old December 1st, 2010, 05:51 AM   #31
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Width, Compensation, Rehabilitation, Next What?

NH widening stalled by LDF govt’s conditions

NEW DELHI: The UPA government and Left Democratic Front government of Kerala have once again locked horns over widening of national highways through state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

Ahead of April 2011 Assembly elections, the Kerala government wants the Centre to not only give market value for land acquisition but also foot the bill for resettlement and rehabilitation of people displaced due to widening of highways.

The Centre has refused to make an exception for poll-bound Kerala thereby stalling widening work on several projects. There are five four-laning projects on NH-17 and three on NH-47 that are in limbo.

These eight projects are extremely busy stretches on two-lane highways leading from Thiruvananthapuram to the pilgrim city of Oachira and from Oachira to Cherthala leading to Kochi port.

According to sources, the Centre has cancelled contracts for two projects already and has sought the state’s opinion on the remaining contracts.

A senior National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) official said, “the state had not taken a decision on the width and now the compensation package. As per contract conditions, any delay caused in starting of work due to the government’s decisions, NHAI has to pay the private concessionaire penalty. So we have cancelled two contracts.”

With the Centre refusing to pay the additional cost, Kerala Government has written o Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (Morth) to stop all land acquisition in the state.

NHAI has to acquire 1,407 hectares of land over the next three years in Kerala for highway projects. Sources said Rod Transport and Highways Minister Kamal Nath has already raised the issue with Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan last week. The Chief Minister has said he would first consult all political parties and then revert on the issue.

Both the Governments had earlier been sparring over the width of four-lane national highways. The standard length of all four-lane national highways is 60 metres. However, seeing the congested and populated areas through which national highways were being planned in Kerala, NHAI proposed a width of 45 metres.

However, the state insisted on further reducing it to 30 metres, a proposal which was shot down by NHAI on safety grounds. Finally, an all party meeting was called by Kerala Government and a final decision was taken to support NHAI’s proposal for 45-metre national highways.

Sources said that the state government’s complicated rider is an absolutely new demand for NHAI. A senior official said, “Whenever land is acquired for developmental works we pay the market value, which is also decided by the state’s revenue officer. But Kerala wants NHAI to pay not only this land acquisition cost but also resettlement and rehabilitation cost for the displaced. This would mean calculating extra cost for loss of livelihood, duration of loss of livelihood or in some cases giving alternate place for work or building a house. This is beyond the ambit of NHAI.”

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Old December 1st, 2010, 07:03 AM   #32
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About the "Bermuda Triangle" of NH-17,Vattappara in Malappuram District.

http://www.mathrubhumi.com/malappura...alappuram.html
Haha that is a funny report by mathrubhumi. It says that there is a project to build a "melpaalam" from Valanchery CI office to Oniyil palam. Actually there is a project is to build Valanchery bypass connecting these to places. How can they build such a 5 km long flyover just to bypass a town and that Vattappara curve? In that case it will be an engineering wonder and a land mark for malappuram district.
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 06:27 AM   #34
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Road work to be over in 3 months
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Comprehensive action plan for improving roads

Rs.330 crore sought from Centre
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Kasaragod: Public Works Minister M. Vijayakumar has said the work on the damaged road network in the district will be completed in three months.

As per norms, re-tarring of one-fifth of the National Highways (a total of 1,513 km in the State) should be done every year so that the entire work could be completed in five years. However, it had not been undertaken for over nine years, Vijayakumar said addressing a function at Manjeswaram.

The Centre, which is in charge of National Highways, owes Rs.706 crore to the State for maintenance work and the State government has asked the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry to sanction Rs.330 crore for carrying out urgent work, he said.

The weather is not conducive for carrying out road reconstruction work, he said adding the government will come out with a comprehensive action plan for improving the road network in the State and separate funds will be earmarked for the project.

The public could make use of the toll-free number facility to lodge any complaint on poor road conditions and authorities have been directed to redress the grievances within 48 hours, he said admitting that the maximum number of such complaints has been received from Kasaragod district.
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Old December 8th, 2010, 05:40 AM   #35
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R.I.P for NH Widening in Kerala

  • Notification for NH Widening in Kerala expired as one year is completed.
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Old December 12th, 2010, 02:38 PM   #36
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  • 1.4km Elevated Highway at Alappuzha Bypass.
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Old December 12th, 2010, 03:56 PM   #37
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Wow. An elevated highway on the beach? That will change the face of alappuzha.
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NH-17 through Kannur District

Towards Kannur near Payyannur



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Old December 13th, 2010, 08:39 AM   #39
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Great thing!!! It is the need of the hour.

Alappuzha is the Gateway to Backwater/Houseboat tourism which is unique in India or around the world. It is the most recognized face of Kerala. What the town lacked was the standard of the highway which passed through the city.

I have been twice this year to Alappuzha and the backwaters. I had brought non keralites also two times, and all were bowled over by the might of ‘Vemabanad Lake’ as well as the beauty of our water bodies.


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  • Decision on fund for KSTP next phase on December 21st,says M.Vijayakumar
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