Alappuzha: Every evening, Sai Prasad goes to an unfinished highway off Alappuzha. The ghost of the bypass near the Mangalam Road is nostalgic to the 56-year-old man. He lived with his parents and four siblings at the same spot 40 years ago.
“This is the exact spot where our house stood 40 years ago. I was only 16 years old when we gave up our land and the house to build the bypass. I am 56 years old now. I am yet to see the bypass,” Prasad said.
The family, like the others in the area, were made to believe that the bypass would be a reality in four years. Four decades and eight governments later, the stretch of road is still a work in progress.
Prasad family received just Rs 650 per cent when the land was acquired. The family had seven cents of land. They scavenged on their house for usable parts to build a new house at Kommadi.
Prasad said that he never wanted to leave the area where he was born. His father said that they could buy more land if they moved to the countryside but the youngster made sure the new home came up at Kommadi.
Prasad’s father Parameswaran Pillai died in 1989.