The Public Works Department in Kerala has sought a whopping Rs 3000 crore from the Finance Department, to repair and maintain the roads which have been damaged in the recent rains in the state.
Nearly 3000 kilometres of roads were damaged during the monsoons this year, according to reports. A detailed report including all the districts and damaged roads will be presented in the next cabinet meeting.
According to reports, it would cost Rs 1 crore to repair 1 km of road.
Road damage is prominent in districts such as Thrissur, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Palakkad and Wayanad. Highways such a Thrissur - Wadakkanchery have several potholes. The highway from Alappuzha to Changanassery too has been affected severely. Such damage has not been seen in the past 12 years, according sources in PWD.
The Finance Department has for now asked the PWD to start repair works with fund already kept aside for the same, as few of the roads have to be repaired before Onam. However, reports state that the PWD is looking for a speedy release of the funds and this will be a big hit to the Finance Department.
Monsoons in Kerala began on May 29 and have continued to wreck havoc on several disctricts in the state.
According to sources, over 1.18 lakh people have sought refuge in 606 different relief camps across the state as the rains continued over several weeks.
In Alappuzha and Kottayam which are the worst hit districts, over 50, 836 people are in 212 camps and 37,657 are in 164 camps respectively, according to the report.
With roads flooding and KSRTC buses discontinuing services in many parts of these districts, people especially in areas such as Muttar and Kainakari were stranded in waist deep water.