Kozhikode-Palakkad Greenfield National Highway: Expert committee gives nod, but with riders


Staff Correspondent

Illustration of the alignment of proposed Greenfield National Highway

Thiruvananthapuram: The expert committee set up by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) recently gave nod to the Kozhikode-Palakkad Greenfield National Highway, touted to reduce the travel time between the two districts by around 2 hours. The approval is with riders and the future course of the project will be also determined by MoEFCC’s assent.

The stretch passes through an area of 134 hectares near Silent Valley National Park. As a result, the committee has recommended to construct an at least 10m high elevated road in the 10km area adjacent to the national park’s eco-sensitive zone.

The biodiversity should be protected and the cutting of trees should be done in a judicious manner, the committee said in its report.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had earlier pushed for the project. Following that only the expert committee conducted the field visit. The report on the same was submitted on November 22.

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