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Work on Western ring road in Coimbatore begins

Work on Western ring road in Coimbatore begins

Ending more than 11 years of wait, work on the western ring road connecting Mayilkal and Narasimmanaickenpalayam would commence on Friday, with public works and state highways minister E V Velu and housing and urban development minister S Muthusamy jointly inaugurating the first phase of the project.

An official source said the work would commence at Mayilkal on Palakkad Road on the outskirts of the city. “The project will be carried out in three phases. In the first phase, the ring road will be laid for 11.80km through Madukkarai, Sundakkamuthur, Perur Chettipalayam, Theethipalayam and Madampatti.”

Pointing out that 143 hectares of land, including 119.97 hectares of private land, was required to lay the western ring road, he said the state government had earlier issued an administrative sanction to acquire the private land at a cost of ₹320 crore.

Revenue department officials said they had issued notices to the landowners under the Tamil Nadu Highways Act, 2001, and completed negotiations at Madukkarai, Sundakkamuthur, Perur Chettipalayam, Theethipalayam, Madampatti, Perur and West Chithiraichavadi villages.

One of the officials said the document registration had been completed for 35.86 of the 47.96 hectares at Madukkarai, Sundakkamuthur, Perur Chettipalayam, Theethipalayam and Madampatti villages to facilitate phase-I work.

In phase-II, he said, the road would be laid for 12.10km through Perur, West Chithiraichavadi, Kalikkanaickenpalayam, Vadavalli and Somayampalayam. “In phase-III, the road will be laid for 8.52km through Pannimadai, Nanjundapuram, Kurudampalayam, Gudalur and Narasimmanaickenpalayam.”

The official said the state government would spend Rs525 crore for the road laying work. “The state highways department has awarded the phase-I work to a private firm.”

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The project is expected to curb traffic congestion in core city areas, as the vehicles from Kerala to Mettupalayam, Ooty and Mysuru could use the bypass for a smooth ride. It was on November 14, 2011, that the state government announced the western ring road project. Subsequently, a road safety committee headed by the district collector had approved the road alignment on February 26, 2014.



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