In infra boost, Gadkari unveils greenfield corridor project for Kerala

Syllabus: GS-III

Subject: Economic development

Topic: Infrastructure Development.

Issue: Infrastructure Development.

Context: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announces greenfield corridor and inaugurates national highway projects in Kerala, emphasizing improved connectivity, reduced travel time, and positive impacts on tourism and economic growth.


Key feature:

  • The 121-km NH 966 Kozhikode-Palakkad project at an estimated cost of ₹10,371 crore, reducing travel time between Palakkad and Kozhikode.
  • Other major schemes in the corridor project include NH 744 Kollam-Sengottai route, Thiruvananthapuram Outer Ring Road, SH1/NH 183 Thiruvananthapuram-Kochi stretch, Kutta Malappuram Economic Corridor, and NH-544 Angamali-Kundanur stretch.
  • Gadkari emphasizes the positive impact of the Mumbai-Kanyakumari corridor, spanning 1,619 km, with 644 km in Kerala at a cost of ₹60,999 crore.
  • Another crucial project mentioned is the Tuticorin to Cochin corridor, covering 443 km, with Package 1 of 42 km already completed.
  • Gadkari praises the Kerala government, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, and Public Works Minister P.A. Mohamed Riyas for overcoming land acquisition challenges.
  • Centre’s commitment to fast-tracking projects, addressing land acquisition challenges, and anticipating significant benefits for Kerala’s development and economic growth.

Conclusion: Infrastructure initiatives in Kerala signal progress, emphasizing reduced travel time and enhanced connectivity. The collaborative efforts promise economic growth and a transformative impact on tourism.

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