Wayanad: The construction work for Rs 658-crore two-lane tunnel road in the Anakkampoyil-Kalladi-Meppadi corridor that would run parallel to the landslip-prone Thamarassery pass that links Kozhikode to Wayanad, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan via video-conferencing on Monday.
On completion, the 6.5-km tunnel will be the third longest in the country.
Kerala’s longest is the 962-metre tunnel at Kuthiran, between Thrissur and Palakkad.
The alternative subterranean road would be 30-km shorter than the present ghat road. Approach roads and a 70-metre bridge over the Iranjipuzha river are part of the project.
The Konkan Railway Corporation, which prepared the detailed project report, will execute the project on a turnkey basis.
The Cabinet had earlier given the nod to make available the funds of the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) for the tunnel road.