After putting it in cold storage for more than five years, the State government is reviving the ambitious four-lane coastal highway project, from Vengalam in Kozhikode district to Ponnani in Malappuram district.
Supposed to bring in considerable development activities, especially in the tourism sector, the 72-km highway project involves construction of six major bridges, nine flyovers, three toll plazas, a 17-metre-wide carriageway, a 7-metre-wide service road on the landside, and a 3-metre-wide cycle track on the seaside, reports The Hindu.
The ocean-drive highway alignment begins from Ponnani, passes through Tirur, Tanur, Parappanangadi, Kadalundi, Chaliyam, Beypore, Marad, Kallai and the Kozhikode Beach road and culminates at Vengalam.
The distance between Kochi and Kozhikode will be reduced by nearly 40 km.
The coastal highway can even route container movement from the International Container Transshipment Terminal at Vallarpadom.