THENI: Seven-kilometre-long ghat road of Kumuli-Madurai highway is to be strengthened further at an estimated cost of Rs.3 crore as part of the National Highway-49 extension project.
The NH-49, which runs between Madurai and Rameswaram, will be extended up to Kumuli. Highways Research Station officials have started surveying vehicles passing this highway, according to sources in the National Highways Department here.
Ghat road connecting Lower Camp and Kumuli will be completely renovated. Damaged walls of the ghat road that were washed away in floods will be reconstructed. Concrete structures will be created to strengthen this section in order to avoid soil erosion. The parapet walls and iron grills of the Iraichal Bridge will be renovated and strengthened.
(Approximately, 300-metre-long ghat road was washed away, owing to release of large quantum of water through the Iraichal Bridge from the Periyar dam as its water level touched 142 feet in November 2006.)
Separate proposals had been sent to renovate the highway, which was damaged near Chinnamanur in the rain. On receipt of funds, re-laying work would begin , said an engineer in the National Highways Department.
The Government was expected to sanction funds shortly, he added. Preliminary work on four-laning of Tiruchi-Dindigul and Dindigul-Kumuli national highways has already commenced. Measuring the required area is over and felling trees and acquisition of land are under progress.
Officials have started counting number of two-wheelers, four-wheelers, heavy and very heavy vehicles as part of a direct survey taken up throughout the State.
The team has conducted survey at Theni and Andipatti points.