The stalled construction works of two tunnels to avert traffic congestion in the Kuthiran hill region of busy National Highway 544 stretch between Palakkad and Thrissur will be resumed within a week. The 900 crore tunneling project is first in Kerala.
The main contractor has decided to release funds to the subcontractor in- charger of tunneling works following the intervention of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). More than 90% works of the left tunnel have already been completed but the right one has been lagging behind.
The work on two tunnels, forming part of the six-lane Walayar- Vadakkamcherry stretch of the NH, was expected to complete by last March as per the initial agreement. It will reduce travel time significantly between Palakkad and Thrissur. Road users can reach Kochi from Coimbatore in three hours after the completion of works.