The state government has ordered the preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for the construction of a semi-ring road in Tiruchi and bypass roads around Aranthangi, Alangudi, Mayiladuthurai and Musiri in the central region.
In an order issued Dec. 10, the Department of Highways and Minor Ports granted an administrative penalty for the preparation of DPRs for these roads and bypass roads for a few other cities in other parts of the state.
44.40 km route
The department sanctioned ₹3.57 crore for preparing DPR for the half ring road around Tiruchi. It is proposed to build the road between Panchapur, where the new integrated bus station is to arrive on the Tiruchi-Madurai road, to Asoor on the Tiruchi-Thanjavur road, connecting the Tiruchi-Dindigul, Tiruchi – Namakkal and Tiruchi – Chennai highways. The route should pass through Pirattiyur, Mutharasanallur, Madakudi, Poovalur and Kilikoodu. It will be 44.40 km long.
The move comes amid a protracted delay in resuming construction works on the bypass road linking the Tiruchi-Madurai and Tiruchi-Karur national highways.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is expected to resume construction works of the bypass road linking the Tiruchi-Madurai and Tiruchi-Karur national highways after the completion of land acquisition for the revised route of the road. The project fell through after farmers objected to the road crossing the irrigation reservoirs. The project was initially taken over as part of the NH 67 widening executed on a Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis by NHAI. He ran into controversy over alignment and land acquisition issues in 2006-07. Farmers complained that the road, if built through the reservoirs, would affect irrigation and their livelihoods.
The bypass, which will run from Panchapur on NH45 via Thayanur to Thindukarai near Jeeyapuram on NH 67, was halted halfway in 2010 after the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court while hearing a petition from organizations, canceled the NHAI plan. to build the road through Kothamangalam, Kallikudi and Punganur irrigation reservoirs in Tiruchi district. The court ordered that the bypass road be laid without affecting the irrigation springs. Subsequently, a revised alignment was finalized.
Meanwhile, the State Highway Department’s decision to build a separate semi-circular ring road is expected to significantly reduce traffic congestion in the city. The alignment of the road and the extent of the relevant land acquisition would be identified in the DPR, department sources said.
Apart from that, the department sanctioned ₹37 lakh for preparing the DPR for a bypass road, around 10.20 km in length, around Aranthangi and ₹22 lakh for preparing the report for a long bypass of six km around Alangudi.
Mayiladuthurai town, which is the seat of the newly created district, would also soon get an eight km long bypass road with ₹51 lakh sanctioned for DPR preparation. Musiri town on Tiruchi-Namakkal road would get a bypass road of around 7.60 km and the DPR for the same would be prepared at a cost of ₹74 lakh.