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Highways department to widen Saravanampatti to Puliyampatti road

Highways department to widen Saravanampatti to Puliyampatti road

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The national highways (NH) wing of the state highways department is all set to expand the road from Saravanampatti to Puliyampatti for Rs 100 crore, which the Union government has sanctioned. At present, the 32km stretch is only seven metres wide. The plan is to expand the road width to 10 metres.

An NH official said the stretch, which often sees heavy traffic, was an accident-prone area. “Many educational institutions and industrial units are coming up along Saravanampatti-Annur stretch. We have decided to expand the road width by 1.5 metres on each side of the Saravanampatti-Annur-Puliyampatti stretch.

There is no need to acquire land for the project. However, we have to fell a few hundred trees on both sides of the stretch. To compensate for it, we will plant trees along Avinashi Road, where we have enough space.”

He said they had sent a detailed report to the Union road transport and highways ministry two months ago and the ministry had sanctioned Rs 100 crore for the project. “We are planning to start the work in March 2022. The work won’t affect the traffic on the stretch. We are not planning a median.

After widening the road, fatal and non-fatal accidents on the stretch are likely to come down drastically.”The sad part while widening the roads is to destroy many trees along the roadside. The Highways Department should make an alternative way to save the trees instead of cutting them.

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