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Protest over ‘Laxity’ in Road Widening

The apathy on the part of the authorities concerned in implementing the proposal to widen the curve near the Pachalam-Chathiath Church leading to Goshree-Vallarpadam Road has caused resentment among the residents here.

Published: 29th November 2013 08:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th November 2013 08:47 AM   |  A+A-

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The apathy on the part of the authorities concerned in  implementing the proposal to widen the curve near the Pachalam-Chathiath Church leading to Goshree-Vallarpadam Road has caused resentment among  the residents here.

According to them, the authorities have turned a blind eye towards the  proposal and the land acquired for the purpose has turned a dumping yard.  

“A family was evicted from the land to carry out the widening last year.   But, the authorities have not yet implemented the project. The Kochi  Corporation is not taking any measure to prevent waste dumping here,” said Antony Puthur, president, Janakeeya Prathikarana Vedhi.

He said  accidents were frequent at the curve owing to its lack of width.

“It is difficult for two vehicles to pass in the opposite direction through the curve simultaneously. If the authorities do not take up the project immediately, the association will initiate protest measures,” he added.

Meanwhile, District Collector P I Sheik Pareeth said the project will  soon be undertaken by Goshree Islands Development Authority (GIDA). “The widening of the curve will be done along with the widening of the road from Chathiath Church to Pachalam Junction.

However, for this, we have to acquire the land of the church and compensation must be provided. Now,  procedures are being undertaken to give the land of the Port Trust to the church. Once the process is settled, the widening of the road and the curve will be conducted together,” the collector said.



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