Pre-emptive move to forestall possible strike by traders

In a pre-emptive move forestalling a threatened strike by traders, the State government has formally announced that the rail overbridge constructed on the Tenkasi-Madurai Highway at Tenkasi will be opened by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on November 8, through videoconferencing.

The announcement comes on the heels of a call by traders’ associations in Tenkasi to down shutters on November 6 in protest over the delay in opening the overbridge to traffic.

Work on the overbridge was completed in August.

It was constructed at a cost of Rs 25 crore, with the Central and State governments sharing the cost burden equally. The public had been clamouring for the construction of an overbridge as the manned-level crossing on the busy highway posed a great inconvenience, especially to commuters headed to the new bus stand and ambulances rushing patients to the government hospital.

Vehicles lined up in long queues, notably during the tourist season at Courtallum.

Though the foundation stone was laid by then Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin in October, 2009, work on the 680-meter-long concrete structure started only by February, 2010.

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