THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government has given administrative sanction for `22.75 crore towards widening of the National Highway in the heart of Attingal town.
The widening of the 3 km road from Moonnumukku to Poovanpara stretch will be kicked off once land acquisition is complete.
Around 80 traders, 42 families and many others have already agreed to surrender around 1.13 acres of land worth over `10 crore free of cost for road widening. Apart from private land, the land of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), Attingal municipality, taluk office, treasury and the children’s park are also being acquired as part of the widening. A meeting of the land holders to be convened shortly will finalise the acquisition modalities. The road from Moonnumukku to Poovanpara, which is a narrow stretch, beset by traffic snarls, will be developed at a width of 20 metres.
The proposal has been prepared as per the National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) alignment. A survey has already been carried out by National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC).
Attingal Municipality Chairperson S Kumari said that concessions in building rules would be given to the traders for construction of new buildings and renovation of the buildings that would be partially demolished for the purpose.
The traders had agreed to hand over their land free of cost as they were vexed by the growing traffic menace.