Pinarayi Vijayan, Anakkampoyil-Kalladi-Meppadi corridor plan | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Meppadi (Wayanad): Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan officially announced the Anakkampoyil-Kalladi-Meppadi corridor project of a two-lane tunnel road, via online on Monday. He said that the project has a key role in the development of the state and it is a dream project for the people.
There was objection from many who alleged the tunnel road would cause environmental issues. The government is trying to bring development by protecting the nature. The tunnel road is constructed by drilling rock through the forest after conducting a detailed study. This would be the third longest tunnel road in the country. Konkan Railway is in charge of the construction. It is expected to be completed in three years, the chief minister said.
This is an important road that connects the business, industrial and tourist regions like Bengaluru and Mysuru with Kerala. The journey through Thamarassery Ghat is time-consuming and also landslip and rain havocs often disrupt traffic on the route. The idea of tunnel road was proposed as a solution to this, he added.
The final decision will be taken considering the chances of natural calamities in Thiruvambady and Kalladi regions. Rs 900 crore is the estimated expense. Accurate expense can be calculated after survey and technical studies. As goods movement from Karnataka will be smoother through the new path, it will be beneficial for commercial purposes. Also traffic congestion in Thamarassery Ghat can be reduced, the CM said.
The event was displayed in huge screens at Meppadi pachayat bus stand and Thiruvambadi bus stand. Ministers T P Ramakrishnan and A K Saseendran, MPs M V Shreyams Kumar and Elamaram Kareem attended the programme at Thiruvambadi. MLA C K Saseendran and panchayat president K Sahad also were present in Meppadi.
The government plans to start construction of the tunnel in March and expect to finish in 3 years. Once it is complete, the distance of Kochi-Bengaluru journey can be reduced and also Wayanad and Kozhikode districts will be connected without touching the Ghat.
The major aim of the project is to resolve traffic block in Thamarassery Ghat. The path will be the longest tunnel road in the state. Total length of the road is 7.82 kilometres and the tunnel road is 6.8 kilometres long. Estimated expense of the project is Rs 800 crore. Rs 658 crore was allotted as part of the 100-day action plan.