Count and fill potholes on NH: Kerala minister tells central ministers

Kerala PWD Minister PA Mohammed Riyas on Wednesday mocked visiting Union ministers in the state, urging them to count and fill potholes on national highways instead of simply click on photos of nearly completed projects and post them to their social media pages. His criticism comes a day after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan slammed External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s recent visit to the state and inspection of the Kazhakuttom flyover on National Highway 66 here, which is under construction.

While speaking during Question Time in the State Assembly, Riyas, also Vijayan’s son-in-law, blamed the Center for potholes on national highways, maintained by the National Highways Authority of India. .

Without naming Union Minister V Muraleedharan, he said there were more potholes on national roads than press meetings called by him.

”There is a person who was born in our state, played and grew up here, became a member of Rajya Sabha from another state, and is now a union minister…that’s a good thing. He calls press briefings most days…that’s also a good thing…But, there are indeed more potholes on the national highways in India, including those in Kerala, than the number of press meetings he organizes,” Riyas said. .

In an apparent reference to Jaishankar’s recent inspection at the Kazhakuttom flyover, he said several union ministers visit Kerala these days and leave after taking pictures of projects ready to be inaugurated and posting them on social networks. “We are of the view that these ministers should take responsibility for counting and filling potholes on national roads under the National Highway Authority,” the minister added.

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