Alappuzha bypass thrown open to public

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(Eds: Correcting figure in second para) Alappuzha (Ker), Jan 28 (PTI) Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday jointly opened to the public a 6.8 km two-lane Alappuzha bypass on NH66 from Kommady to Kalarcode in a virtually organised function.

The project was constructed spending a total of Rs 348 crore RPT Rs 348 crore on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis with 50:50 cost sharing between the government of Kerala and the Government of India, officials said.

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, Union Ministers V K Singh and V Muraleedharan also joined online at the inaugural function here attended by state ministers G Sudhakaran, T M Thomas Isaac and P Thilothaman and people's representatives.

Speaking at the function, Gadkari said the project, having a 4.8 km elevated highway, is very important from the tourism point of view.

He extended special thanks to the Chief Minister and the state government for their contribution in executing the project.

In his address, Chief Minister Vijayan noted that the Kerala government and the Central government have been able to work together effectively on various developmental initiatives.

'The inauguration of the bypass in Alappuzha is yet another example of how cooperative federalism can make a difference in the lives of our people,' the chief minister said.

The project was executed nearly five decades after it was mooted.

It got delayed for several years on various accounts, officials said.PTI TGB SS PTI PTI PTI PTI