Saturday, May 29, 2010

Expressway project hits bumps

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The uncertainty over finalising the width of the national highway stretches and the alleged resistance against land acquisition are likely to affect the development of the proposed Indian National Expressway Network in the State.

A 400-km reach between Kanyakumari and Thrissur has been included in the network which aims at achieving a target of 15,600 km by 2022, the end of the 13 {+t} {+h} Plan period. The expressway would pass through the coastal region of the State which offloads the traffic on the NH-47 connecting Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Thrissur.

It is expected to offer a greater scope for weaning away some traffic from other competing modes with the possibility of the average trip length being doubled in due course of time.

It is expected to complement the existing arterial network of the State in terms of connectivity and performance

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