Minister S Jaishankar visits Kazhakuttam flyover with BJP leaders, CM Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday mocked external affairs minister S Jaishankar's visit to the construction site of NH bypass.
"The minister who is very busy in watching the developments across the world is here to see the flyover in Kazhakuttam. Our people will easily understand the motives behind his tour," said CM
He termed the three-day Thiruvananthapuram visit of the union minister as politically motivated.
“I heard that Jaishankar is entrusted with the responsibility to win Kazhakuttam," said the CM.
He also slammed BJP for 'claiming the ownership of the success of National Highway development in Kerala'.
BJP, in the recently concluded national meet in Hyderabad, had decided to focus on South India. The CM's comment on the visit of the union minister comes at this moment. Union ministers were believed to be given the charge of selected constituencies for the 2024 general elections. Though the party has not declared this publicly, Jaishankar’s visit is presumably to be a part of it.
On his first day in Thiruvananthapuram, Jaishankar interacted with youth and students here. Later, he also called at the Kazhakuttam flyover under construction on Monday and inquired about the progress of the project to National Highway project director Pradeep Kumar, and regional officer BL Meena. BJP state president K Surendran, district president VV Rajesh, and leaders C Sivankutty and S Suresh also accompanied Jaishankar.
The 2.7-kilometre-long flyover is being built as a part of the Kazhakuttam-Karode bypass. The flyover will help to solve the traffic congestion experienced at Kazhakuttam junction on the National Highway. The officials have decided to open the flyover soon, as 90 per cent of the construction has been already completed. The construction of the approach road near Techno Park is also at its last phase, while the same at Chanthavila is in progress.