PA Mohamed Riyas | Videograb: YouTube/SabhaTV
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala public works department minister PA Mohamed Riyas informed the Assembly that the government has started land acquisition procedures for the proposed greenfield tunnel road connecting Wayanad and Kozhikode districts.
Riyas also said that the environmental impact assessment of the project is underway. The file for approval of the forest department is also pending. The Minister was responding to the Call for Attention issued by Kalpetta MLA T Siddique.
An expert committee has visited the location and studied the possibility of using Norwegian technology to build the tunnel, he said.
The Cabinet approved the project last year. KIIFB had earmarked Rs 2134.5 crore.
The tunnel that aims to end the roadblock on the Wayanad Ghat road, passes through Anakkampoyil, Kalladi and Meppadi. The total length of the tunnel would be 7.82 km. Swargam Kunnu-Kalladi stretch is 6.8 km long. The tunnel construction survey began in September 2020.
The minister also said in the Assembly that the department is planning to develop the existing Thamarassery Ghat Road. The proposal to develop the Malaparamba-Muthanga stretch of NH 766 is pending before the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of India, he said.