Thiruvananthapuram: National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will be in charge of the maintenance and renewal of the four National Highways in the state. Until now, the Ministry of Public Works in the state was responsible for carrying out the maintenance works on National Highways with the money that has been approved by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. With the new order, state has lost the responsibility of National Highways.
The state has been instructed to hand over the reach of National Highways to National Highway Authority of India. The state is anxious about whether new reforms will be implemented including maintenance of Highways.
There is a chance that each reach will be handed over to construction companies. In that case, toll plazas will be set up in many parts.
The approval to develop Thalappady- Chengala, Chengala- Neeleswaram reach on NH 66 was given recently after a long wait. State government is bearing 25 percent of the cost of land acquisition.
State can save this amount of money if NHAI is interested in taking up the maintenance works of Highways in Kerala. But the problem is whether the works will be completed in the stipulated time. Centre has never granted any money for the maintenance or renewal of National Highways.