Gadkari inaugurates 8 NH projects

    New Delhi (NVI): Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for 8 National Highway projects in Kerala today.

    Over 200 km long Highways worth Rs 12,692 crore will give a big boost to economic prosperity of the state, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways said in a statement today.

    The projects include six laning of Thalapady, six laning of Changala and Construction of High Level Bridge over Cheruthoni River. Among other projects are six laning of Neleshwaram town to Thalipparamba, Thalipparamba to Muzhapilangad, Paloli Palam and Moodadi Bridge & allied works NH-66 and Kozhikode Bypass, the Ministry said in a statement.

    Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari said that in line with the Prime Minister’s vision for a New India, development of world-class transport infrastructure has been prioritized through initiatives such as the Bharatmala Pariyojana, India’s largest ever infrastructure development program.

    He said, “Nearly 1,234 km of National Highways are being developed as a part of Bharatmala Pariyojana in Kerala.”

    “The Bharatmala Pariyojna was conceptualized through a scientific study of freight traffic movement between key origin-destination pairs to enable efficient freight and passenger movement. 35,000 km of National Highways are being developed as a part of Bharatmala Pariyojana in the country,” Gadkari added.

    The event was attended by the Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan and Union MoSs Gen (Retd) V K Singh and V Muraleedharan, Ministers from the State, MLAs and senior officers from the Centre and the state.

    -CHK