Trivandrum: All the trade and industry bodies in Thiruvananthapuram under the aegis of Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce & Industries (TCCI) have strongly condemned the abrupt stoppage of the four laning of the work by NHAI from Kazhakkottam to Mukkola.
A statement issued today read “The NHAI bypass work is a project of national interest and favourable to the development of south Kerala. Like every responsible citizen we are equally concerned about the ecology and the environment, and will never encourage any activity that jeopardizes the well being of our future generation or the nature but we fail to understand the hyper sensitivity of people claiming to be environmentalists’ who only oppose the developmental projects in Kerala. We believe that they operate with malafide intentions and have to be exposed.”
The bypass work was awarded to the contractor under the EPC mode to complete the work in 24 months starting June, 2015. The work has already been delayed because of the disruption of cutting and removing trees from Kazhakkottam to Chakkai by the same fringe group.
The Kerala Government has already entered into an MOU with NHAI / Contractor and accordingly the Government is obligated to provide site free of any encumbrance, failing which the contractor has the right to ditch the project and enter into an arbitration to claim compensation for the man and machinery it mobilized and all other cost they have incurred.
In spite of having obtained all legal sanctions to mine soil for construction, vested interests have raised false allegations and alarm and stopped excavation of soil without recognizing the impact it would create on Trivandrum’s development and financial strain on the government.
We believe they are pseudo environmentalists whose credentials are questionable. People of Trivandrum are smart enough to recognize that development of the city is being sabotaged by a fringe group with vested interest.
The industry bodies have called upon the government and district administration to restore the work with immediate effect.
TCCI, BAL, TMA, CII, CREDAI, CKT, APEXA, Trivandrum Agenda Task Force (TATF), GTech, Trivandrum Development Front (TDF), South Kerala Hoteliers Federation (SKHF), KSSIA, and Trivandrum City Connect Foundation (TCCF) were the associations represented.
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