NH 66 widening: Taxi, auto rickshaw stands to disappear due to land constraints

By K Shaji

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Graphic illustration | Photo: Vijesh Viswam

Haripad: Autorickshaws, Tempo and Taxi stands will disappear once National Highway 66 switches to a six-lane corridor and two-lane service roads on either side.

Further, bus bays, a designated parking location, will also be removed.

The authorities have decided to drop these amenities due to severe shortage of land. With the completion of service roads on either side of the main highway, there will not be enough area left to set up autorickshaws and taxi stands.

Vehicles are not permitted to stop on the main highway. Further, there will be no traffic signals. Therefore, buses would conduct services through service roads in urban areas. As a result, vehicles won't have any space left to park on the roadside.

As per the Bharatmala Project, a 7.5-meter space is made available on both sides of the road for bus bays and vehicles to park. However, the land constraints forced the state government and the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to utilise the available space for constructing the road.

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