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Kumbakonam-Sirkazhi road to be widened into 4-lane - Report

Infra News - Published on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

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Indian Express reported that if everything goes as per the plans of National Highways Authority of India, which is on the verge of finalising the road projects in the State, motorists from Chennai will heave a sigh of relief once the central districts via East Coast Road are connected by four-lane roads in the next three years. The NHAI submitted the proposal to the Union Environmental ministry in the first week of February, seeking clearance to develop a 51.8 km four-lane highway between Kumbakonam and Sirkazhi. The greenfield project which is estimated to cost INR 752 crore, is to be taken up under Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I.

With this, the 335 km road between Chennai and Thanjavur via East Coast Road, is now under different stages fofour-lanene works.

The Chennai-Mahabalipuram stretch has been widened into four lane by the State Road development company. The remaining link from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur is to be taken up for four lane works by NHAI.

An official source said that “Land acquisition for widening the Mahabalipuram - Puducherry stretch is being finalised. The Puducherry- Cuddalore-Sirkazhi stretch is to be widened into four lane as part of Villupuram-Nagapattinam four lane project which is expected to be taken up next month. The Sirkazhi- Kumbakonam via Mayiladuthurai road greenfiled alignment road is now proposed for widening. The Kumbakonam-Thanjavur road is already being widened in Vikkiravandi-Thanjavur NH four lane works.”

Presently, motorists from Chennai reach Thanjavur via Vikkiravandi- Thanjavur NH road which is being widened into four lane. The Chennai -Tiruchy NH that handles about 90,000 vehicles a day witnesses huge traffic snarls.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 20 Feb 2019
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