V D Satheesan | Photo: PTI
Kochi: Opposition leader VD Satheesan on Monday ridiculed PWD minister Muhammed Riyas' claim that his department cannot carry out repair works on national highways in the state.
VD Satheesan said that PWD had conducted repair works on national highways in the past, by calling tenders. There is no truth in claiming that PWD cannot undertake tasks on roads coming under the National Highway Authority of India(NHAI), he added.
"The pathetic conditions of the roads are due to PWD's failure in completing repair works before the start of the monsoon season. The feud between various sections inside PWD caused the delay," he said.
"The repair works of Haripad Madhava Junction- Krishnapuram road and NH-88, both national highways, were undertaken by Kerala PWD," he said.
Satheesan also called for people to demand ceasing toll plazas in the state if the condition of the roads remains the same. Collectors have the power to shut down tolls, he added.
Earlier, PWD minister Muhammed Riyas said that his department cannot carry out repair works to fill the potholes in national highways across the state. His remark came in the wake of a man's death after his scooter fell into a pothole in Athani near Angamaly.