Kerala: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated seven projects worth 50,000 crores
Kerala: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated seven projects worth 50,000 crores

New Projects are being inaugurated in the state of Kerala. Highway projects worth amount Rs 50,000 crore are being generated in Kerala, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said. This is as part of the Mumbai-Kanyakumari economic corridor under Bharatmala Pariyojana. He was speaking at a virtual ceremony for the arranging of foundation stones for seven highway projects worth Rs 11,571 crore for Kerala and the inauguration of a 27-kilometer highway project from Kazhakuttam to Mukkola, built at a cost of Rs 1,121 crore.

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The Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs minister stated that in view of the Prime Minister's vision for a New India, the development of world-class transport infrastructure has been prioritized through actions such as the Bharatmala Pariyojana, the country's largest-ever infrastructure development program. In addition, there are plans to upgrade 119 kilometers of port connectivity roads under Bharatmala /Sagarmala Scheme, he said. Flagship corridors such as Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, Delhi-Amritsar Katra Expressway, Chennai-Bengaluru Expressway are also being developed as part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.

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He said, "Mumbai Kanyakumari Economic Corridor with a length of 1,760 kilometres is one such corridor being developed as a part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana." He remarked that the corridor increasing connectivity to the entire western coast of the country from Mumbai to Kanyakumari will greatly enable the economic prosperity of the region. He also said that the corridor traversing the entire length of Kerala from North to South is expected to be the lifeline of Kerala. The corridor improves connectivity to major cities/ towns such as Kasaragod, Thalassery, Kannur, Kozhikode, Ernakulam, Kochi, Alappuzha, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.

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