Coastal road connecting Kozhikode with Kochi mooted

  • | Wednesday | 26th May, 2021

Construction of bridges at Beypore and Kottakkal can reduce the distance between the two cities by 40 km.  

The State government is considering an ambitious proposal to develop a coastal road connecting Kozhikode to Kochi for the benefit of the people of north Kerala and Central Travancore.

The proposal, mooted by K. V. Shamsudheen , member of Loka Kerala Sabha and Chairman of United Arab Emirates-based Pravasi Bandhu Welfare Trust, has received a positive response from the Chief Minister’s Office.

“If this government gives its sanction to construct a bridge connecting Beypore to Kozhikode beach through the existing Kothi Bridge the distance between the two cities can be reduced by at least 25 km. Now the road between Kozhikode and Kochi covers more than 195 km,” Mr. Shamsudheen said.

Now travelers use the jhanker ferry service operating between Beypore and Chaliyam through the Chaliyar river. So instead of a jhanker service, a coastal road would be ideal. “The proposed road will join National Highway 66 in Ponnani and touch Chavakkad, Kodungallur, and Vypeen and reach Kochi, ” he said.

He said that the proposal was also brought to the attention of the new Minister for Public Works P.A. Mohammed Riyas. Already the existing Public Works Department (PWD) road could be either renovated or widened for the purpose of developing the coastal highway.

The easy connectivity of Beypore Port and Kochi Port by road would be to a great extent useful to container traffic, besides, enhancing infrastructure development and economic activity in the coastal region. “This project will benefit the region of Tanur, Tirur, Ponnani, Guruvayur, Nattika, Kodungallur constituencies as well,” Mr. Shamsudheen pointed out.


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