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Highways Department to start construction works for Singanallur, Saibaba temple junction flyovers in Coimbatore, Tenders floated

Highways Department to start construction works for Singanallur, Saibaba temple junction flyovers in Coimbatore, Tenders floated

The State Highways Department (NH wing) will start works soon to construct flyovers at Singanallur and Saibaba Temple junction on Mettupalayam road.

Official sources said the State government has decided to go ahead with the designs that were prepared initially by the Department and approved by the Central government (with no provision for a metro rail). The procedures required to go ahead with the project are expected to be completed in one or two months, the sources said.

K. Kathirmathiyon, secretary of Coimbatore Consumer Cause, said the project was suspended after getting the necessary approvals because there were plans for a metro rail on Trichy Road and the Chennai Metro Rail had suggested that the flyover construction should be suspended. The flyovers were redesigned with provisions for metro rail and sent to Central government for approval. Now, the Chennai Metro Rail is said to have given no objection to proceed with the flyover works. Since there is a delay of almost a year, there may be cost escalations that should be approved by the Central government. “We expect the State government to complete the procedures and invite bids for construction works in a month. The Singanallur project is one of the most-wanted projects and so this is a welcome move,” he said.

The Highways Department (National Highways) has called for bids to construct a flyover for 1.2 km at the Saibaba Colony junction.

The four-lane flyover on NH 67, across the NSR Road-Mettupalayam road and Sivanandha Colony road-Mettupalayam road junctions, will be constructed at about ₹46 crore and will be completed in two years from the date of commencement of construction works. The bids will be opened on October 4. The flyover will be taken up on Engineering, Procurement, and Construction model.

A Highways Department official said the works would cover service road improvement too. The construction works were expected to start in December this year. There were no plans for traffic diversion for this project. However, there would be traffic diversion when works started for the flyover at Singanallur.

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The NH wing of the Department proposed flyovers at three locations: Singanallur, Saibaba Colony junction, and Saravanampatti. Tenders were floated recently for the Singanallur flyover and it was decided to take up works at Saravanampatti after discussions with the Chennai Metro Rail Project as a metro rail is planned in that area.


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