Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that the 623-km-long coastal highway in Kerala will be a reality by 2020.

In a high-level meeting on Wednesday, which was attended by PWD Minister G Sudhakaran and fisheries minister J Mercykutty Amma, the CM has directed the officials concerned to take necessary steps to complete the project on time.  

Meanwhile, the 1,251 km hill highway will be completed in 2019, the first phase of which will be launched this year itself. It will pass through all the districts in the state, except Alappuzha.

The coastal highway will cover 623 kilometres from Manjeswaram in Kasaragod to Poovar in Thiruvananthapuram, passing through 9 districts.

It will have connectivity with major ports such as Vallarpadam, Vizhinjam and Kollam.

The cost of coastal highway, which is around Rs 6,500 crore, will be allotted from the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). 

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