Work on four-laning of Dindigul-Kumuli Highway to be expedited

Even as the National Highways Authority of India is expediting four-laning of Dindigul-Kumuli Highway, linking Thekkadi and National Highway-7 in Dindigul, Department of National Highways has taken up massive road development work within the district to ensure convenient and hassle free journey to passengers from different parts of the state, particularly from Madurai and other southern districts to Theni and various tourist destinations in Kerala.

First, it will widen the much-awaited Mundhal-Bodimettu Ghat Road, the prime road leading to Munnar from Bodi within a month.

A sum of Rs.20 crore had already been sanctioned for widening the 20-km long road. At present, the width of the road was around 18 feet. The road will be widened to 24 feet to make it a spacious two-way road ensuring smooth passage of all vehicles.

Proposals for bypass

The department also sent two proposals for laying a bypass road for Andipatti and Bodinayakkanur towns.

The bypass for Andipatti, stretching 5.5 kilometres, will take a diversion from the Theni-Madurai highway at Rajagopalanpatti junction and join the Theni-Madurai Highway at S.S. Puram EB sub-station near Andipatti court.

Similarly, another six-km long bypass around Bodi town will take a diversion before the town limit and join the Munnar-Bodi highway near Cardamom Planters' Association College in Bodi.

When contacted, Department of National Highways Divisional Engineer S. Baskaran said that the main aim of widening the Bodimettu Ghat Road was not only to ensure safety of travellers using the ghat road but also meeting the sharp increase in number of vehicles going to Munnar during seasons.

Laying the bypass in Bodi and Andipatti, widening of Bodimettu ghat roads and four laning of Theni-Kumuli Highway will ultimately create better road connectivity between Tuticorin Port and Kerala, till Cochin port and also between southern districts of Tamil Nadu and prime tourists spots like Thekkadi and Munnar in Kerala, he added.

National Highways Department Assistant Divisional Engineer A. Kumanan said laying of bypass roads for Andipatti and Bodi would commence on getting administrative sanction.

These bypass roads would avoid traffic congestion in Andipatti and Bodi towns. Moreover, the heavy vehicles would move freely in day and night without entering the towns.

The peak hour restrictions on entry of heavy vehicles within the town limit would not affect movement of goods to long distant places, he added.

At the same time, bypass for Theni town will be laid as part of the four laning of Theni-Kumuli highway project. Work was in full swing in many areas in both Theni and Dindigul districts.

Construction of bridges across many streams and channels on the highway were at the completion stage.

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