ALAPPUZHA: Public Works Minister G Sudhakaran on Monday said the Public Works Department (PWD) had no doubt the Cherthala-Thiruvananthapuram stretch of National Highway-66 was a part of the NH.
“In a case of bar owners, the PWD submitted an affidavit in the High Court that the road is a part of NH-66. The bar owners pleaded the Centre had withdrawn the road’s status in 2014. The court accepted their plea and asked the Excise Department to consider their application.
It delivered the same judgment on the Kuttippuram-Kannur Road. The Centre and the court should clarify on it,” he said. “PWD has no role in the matter of bar owners. The Supreme Court is the authority to reconsider the judgment on the closing bars on the NH. The PWD is not a party in the cases,” he said.
The National Highway 66 stretch from Cherthala-Thiruvananthapuram still remains a matter of confusion for the authorities after the Kerala High Court held the stretch is not part of the NH. The High Court order last month came on the petitions filed by bar owners for reopening the beer and wine parlours situated along the stretch.
According to the High Court, the funds for the development work were allocated by the Centre.
Following the delay in carrying out the road development, the Ministry of Surface Transport had in 2014 denotified the stretch.
However, the Excise Department which was unaware of the notification issued notices to shut down all beer and wine parlours along the stretch following the Supreme Court order.