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Feasibility study ordered on Port connectivity project at Kozhikode

Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari has directed the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to conduct a feasibility study for the ambitious road project connecting Beypore Port to Malaparamba Junction in Kozhikode to provide vital road connectivity from the historic port to National Highway-66 linking North and South Kerala.

The proposal for the project, which is also expected to solve the issue of traffic congestion in Kozhikode city to a great extent, was presented before the Union minister by Kozhikode MP, M K Raghavan in New Delhi on August 2.

A final decision on the project will be taken as soon as the feasibility study is completed. The road is being proposed for implementation under the Sagarmala project of the Union government, aimed at spurring port-led development including enhancing port connectivity.

The road will boost economic development of the city by enhancing connectivity to the Beypore Port which is the second biggest port in Kerala handling about 100000 tonnes of cargo and 7500 passengers per annum.

The alignment of the 18.4 km road is planned through the Kozhikode Beach so as to avoid the crowded city centre areas. "The major highlight of the project is that the new road can be constructed without acquiring any land.

The proposed road will ease transportation of goods from Beypore Port to the north side leading to Kannur/Mangaluru road and south side to Kochi/Palakkad and on the eastern road to Wayanad/Bengaluru.

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