Kerala: Tunnelling Works To Resume In Kuthiran

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Kuthiran Tunnel is an under-construction tunnel in the Indian state of Kerala State at Kuthiran in Thrissur District. When finished, it will be South India’s first-ever tunnel for road transport. 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 main contractor has decided to release funds to the subcontractor in-charge of tunnelling works following the intervention of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Paucity of funds has forced the subcontractor to halt the construction works for over three months. The work on two tunnels, forming part of the six-lane Walayar-Vadakkanchery stretch of the NH, was expected to complete by last March as per the initial agreement. On completion, the two-km tunnels will reduce travel time significantly between Palakkad and Thrissur. Road users can reach Kochi from Coimbatore in three hours after the completion of works. The Rs. 900 crore tunnelling project is the first of its kind in the State.