According to a report in The Indian Express, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on July 26, 2017 met Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to discuss developmental activities related to the Vizhinjam Port and expansion of highways in the state. In the brief meeting at the Transport Bhawan, Gadkari assured the Kerala chief minister that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will soon announce tenders to expand the highways in the state into six-lanes.
The union minister also assured the chief minister that the highways would be concretised to prevent damage caused by rain. Vijayan also discussed construction of roads leading to the Vizhinjam Port which is being built at a cost of INR 7,525 crore.
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar was invited to lay the foundation stone for the proposed Palakkad IIT, which is presently functioning out of a temporary campus. A demand to set up a School of Planning and Architecture and construction of two hostels for the Central University of Kerala in Kasargod was also made during the meeting with Javdekar.
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