Following ‘Express’ report on the Kangarappady Road Development Project that has come to a standstill following the apathy of Public Works Department (PWD), the authorities have sprung to action.
A day after the report, PWD executive engineer Benny P P conducted a site inspection at Kangarappady junction and promised to take action to solve the imbroglio over the road development works. ‘Express’ had earlier reported about how the stance of a private party who failed to surrender his land despite receiving the compensation, has threatened to wreck the whole project.
“We visited the spot and assessed the situation. There is a dispute over demolition of a portion of a house. The owner claims that he has already surrendered a portion of his property that was earmarked for the project and is unwilling to surrender more land. But, the Action Council for Road Development at Kangarappady says the private party had received compensation for more than what he has given and that land needs to be acquired in order to complete the project,” he said.
Benny said the action committee’s argument seems to be convincing. “It is clear that a portion of the house is within the 30 metres width acquired for the road. And for the road to be constructed, we have to demolish the portion of the property that stands into the road. But before that, the grievance of the house owner will be adequately considered,” said Benny.
He said that dispute will be solved within a week’s time. “We shall verify both claims by an assessment. Within a week, we will arrive at a solution,” said the executive engineer.
The PWD had claimed to take just six months for completion of the road project but had reached nowhere even a year and a half after the work began. Though the 30-metre road work had reached its final lap, the non-cooperation of the house owner had put the project on a stand-still.
Meanwhile, heated arguments broke out between the action council members and the relatives of the house owner. The owner abused us and a complaint will be lodged,” said Chandran, convener of the Road Development Action Council.