The Union government on Thursday approved the four-laning of two National Highways at an estimated cost of Rs.2,333.26 crore. It would help reduce the cost and time of travel between Orissa and Chhattisgarh and that of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) approved the four-laning of the 150-km-long Chhattisgarh-Orissa Border Aurang section of NH-6 at an estimated cost of Rs.1,548 crore.

The CCI also approved the four-laning of a 54-km stretch of the Walayar-Vadakkancherry section of NH-7 at an estimated cost of Rs.785.26 crore. The project will provide relief to the heavy traffic between Palakkad, Thrissur, Kochi and other parts of central Kerala to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.