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NHAI to speed up new Kundannur-Angamaly NH

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will expedite the process of initiating land acquisition for the new 40km Kundannur-Angamaly NH which was mooted in 2016 with the congested highways of Kochi seen as a hotspot. throttle for vehicles.

The controlled access section with a design speed of 100 km/h is expected to relieve the ever-busy Aroor-Edappally NH 66 bypass, the Edappally-Angamaly NH 544 corridor and the underdeveloped Seaport-Airport road. Of these, the two largely four-lane NH sections are used daily by more than 1 lakh Passenger Car Units (PCUs).

The decision to expedite the process of acquiring approximately 219 hectares of land needed for the 45 meter wide corridor, so that the Land Acquisition Committee (LAC) can approve it and a 3( a) can be issued, is seen in the light of the South Indian States Review Meeting, held here a week ago and chaired by NHAI Chairperson, Alka Upadhaya. The agency also sees the two congested and largely urban NH corridors where bottleneck junctions abound as an impediment to the smooth and rapid transit of goods between ports, we learn.

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With vehicles jostling for space and moving at relatively very slow speeds on the NH Bypass and the Edappally-Angamaly highway, the NHAI sees Kochi as one of the major bottlenecks in the country’s NH network. It is in this context that efforts are underway under the Bharatmala Pariyojana National Corridor Efficiency Improvement Project to accelerate the completion stages of the new NH Kundaannur-Angamaly which is expected to start south of Kundaannur and end at Karayamparambu, north of Angamaly.

The agency is also aware of the difficulty of expanding the NH, since it is flanked by the entrance/exit of Kochi metro stations at a distance of every kilometer, we learn.

On the other hand, the state government should hand over 25% of the cost of land acquisition (viability gap funding) to NHAI, as land values ​​are much higher in Kerala. In the meantime, NHAI is considering a proposed secondary road between the proposed NH Corridor and the Thripunithura Bypass alignment, for which land was acquired approximately three decades ago. Three MPs had raised the request to include the alignment in the Kundannur-Angamaly NH corridor, given the plight of around 200 landowners who are unable to sell their land or qualify for loans for urgent use in using land as collateral.