New Delhi: Union minister Nitin Gadkari criticised Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the Parliament. Gadkari said that in Kerala, Rs. 100 crore required to make one kilometre road. He also said that the Kerala CM had said they will provide 25 percent of the land rate and later withdrew the statement.
Gadkari pointed out the deterioration of the state while answering various questions on the construction of the national highways. He criticised the cost and the current status of construction works in Kerala.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that Kerala would bear 25 percent of the land cost. But later he spoke to the Union Ministry and backed out saying that Kerala could not pay 25 per cent of the land price. Later, Gadkari clarified that as a move between the centre and the state, the GST of construction materials was waived and the government land, if available, was given away free of cost for the construction of national highways. The Union Minister raised the criticisms in the presence of Kerala MPs.