Should Kerala restrict the width of National Highways to 30 meters?

At a time when National Highways (NH) with a width of 60 meters are being built across the nation, Kerala wants the width of the NHs in the State to be restricted to 30 meters.

It was in 2010 that Politicians in Kerala, cutting across party lines, decided to restrict the width of National Highways in the State to 30 meters. Later, through the intervention of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), it was decided to have 45 meters width with 4 lanes, wherever possible and 30 meters, in other places.

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Kerala schools suffer, thanks to hartals & strikes

Kerala has never been an investment friendly place, thanks to the militant trade unionism and practices like ‘nookkuli’ (a sort of daylight extortion by the head-load workers). Add to this the innumerable hartals / strikes / bandhs called by the political parties and other organisations at a drop of a hat. There is not a single day in Kerala without a hartal / strike / bandh happening in some part of the State.

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Yet another employee’s strike in Kerala

All set for yet another strike in Kerala from midnight, called by several employee organisations. Expect to be stranded at bus stops, airports and railway stations. This is ‘Emerging Kerala’ for you!

Frankly speaking, lost count of the number of bandhs, hartals and strikes in this God forsaken place.