Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stone for the first phase of the four-laning of the NH 66 from Kazhakuttom to Mukkola on September 1 at the Kazhakuttom junction.
The widened 43-km bypass stretching up to Karode on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border is expected to decongest the city and further boost the prospects of the Technopark, international airport, Kovalam-Poovar tourism corridor, and the forthcoming Vizhinjam International Deepwater Multipurpose seaport. Works on the 16.3-km stretch from Mukkola to Karode will be tendered later as land acquisition has not been completed due to objections to land price, reports The Hindu.
The 24-month Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) contract for the four-laning of the 26.5-km Kazhakuttam-Mukkola stretch came into effect from June 12 this year. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has awarded the work to the Hyderabad-based KNR Constructions Ltd. and the time frame is 24 months.