PWD minister dismisses allegations over wayside refreshment centre
Thiruvananthapuram: PWD Minister G Sudhakaran refuted the allegations raised by opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala over the wayside refreshment project. Chennithala alleged that the government issued an order for the project allowing private parties to grab public land worth crores of rupees. Responding to him, the minister stated that not even a cent of public land near National Highway was acquired for the project so far.
“We don’t have the rights to acquire the land on National Highway. But to establish refreshment centres, the government has identified land near the State Highways. However, the tender regarding the project was not accepted yet.
“Acres of land is left abandoned after the road development on the highways. PWD plans to utilize this land for establishing a refreshment centre for passengers. Based on this project, 10 spots were identified. But further action has not been initiated yet,” informed the minister.
“Among the 10 identified spots, 7 come under KSDP and 3 under PWD. These lands have not been handed over to any private groups. CM has recommended to hand over the land for the project only through tender," he pointed out as dismissing allegations.