Recently, the state government of Kerala launched a 7-km-long tunnel road cutting through virgin forest in the Western Ghats between the districts of Kozhikode and Wayanad. However, it has been claimed by the forest department that a survey through the forest belt has not been sanctioned by them. The road is seen as an alternative route to Thamarassery Ghat road that is 13-km long, along the highway of Kozhikode-Wayanad-Bengaluru. Due to the delay in getting additional land cleared by the environment ministry, there has been a roadblock in the development of the two-lane ghat road. This tunnel road is likely to reduce the distance between Kozhikode and Bengaluru by seven km. After the launch of the project, the Kerala chief minister (CM) Pinarayi Vijayan said that the development of the tunnel road would be completed within a period of three years. The project for which work will begin after three months is expected to cost Rs.9 billion.