Thiruvananthapuram: The controversial highspeed corridor has been given a new name in the budget presented by Finance Minister Thomas Issac. The Express Way which was being opposed tooth and nail by environment activists will now be known as North South Friendship corridor.
An environment feasibility study will also be conducted for the project according to the budget speech.
The Kerala Expressway is a 507km long access controlled high speed corridor that is proposed to serve as the arterial facility linking almost all the important destinations of the state with 19 inter change points.
The Expressway was originally proposed to be executed in three phases. Phase I is between Pulikkal near Kozhikode and Athani near Ernakulam, Phase II is between Athani and Pallippuram near Thiruvananthapuram and Phase III is between Chalinkal near Kasaragod and Pulickal.