Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially declared open the much-awaited Kollam bypass on National Highway-66 on Tuesday.
The 13 km-long two-lane bypass, with a project cost of Rs 352 crore, will cut travel time between Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram districts of Kerala and is expected to decongest the traffic in Kollam town.
The bypass includes three major bridges over the Ashtamudi Lake, having a total length of 1540 metres.
Inaugurating the long-pending project, Modi said roads and bridges not only connect towns and villages but also connect aspirations with achievements and optimism with opportunities.
"We have often seen that infrastructure projects get stalled for various reasons. Public money is wasted due to cost and time over-runs," Modi said.
"We decided that this culture of wastage of public money cannot continue," he said.
The Prime Minister said he was surprised to know that certain projects were delayed by 20 to 30 years, adding that it was a crime to deprive the common man of the benefits of a project for such a long time.
"When we construct roads and bridges, we do not only connect towns and villages. We also connect aspirations with achievements, optimism with opportunities and hope with happiness," Modi said.