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Kannur: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari formally inaugurated on Tuesday at Thalassery, the commencement of the works of the Rs 1,181-crore bypass project.
According to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) officials, the ongoing Thalassery-Mahe four-lane National Highway (NH) bypass project work will be completed by May 2020.
The actual works had already started and were progressing, but the pace of work until December was dismally slow. The project was initiated three decades ago, but work was stalled due to either lack of adequate funds allocation, or hurdles in land acquisiton, mainly from Chokli to Azhiyur in Kozhikode district.
The bypass would pass through Thalassery and Mahe towns.
“The bypass will remove the traffic gridlocks on the National Highway in the area,” the Chief Minister said in his speech. He also sought people's co-operation with the government’s efforts mainly in land acquisition.
The alignment of the 18.5-km Thalassery-Mahe bypass was finalised over three decades ago and land acquisition process began in 1992.
The function marking the inauguration of the start of works was attended by a host of Ministers, people’s representatives, and leaders of political parties.
Ministers G. Sudhakaran, K.K. Shylaja, A.K. Saseendran, Kadannappally Ramachandran and T.P. Ramakrishnan, MPs P.K. Sreemathy and V. Muraleedharan, MLA A.N. Shamseer, and Puduchery MLA V. Ramachandran also attended the function.