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Railway Ministry has given nod for three new road over bridges: Mayor

TIRUCHI: The Tiruchi Corporation rings in the New Year with a hope of getting some of its major infrastructure projects cleared by the Union Ministries of Railways, and Urban Development soon.

The Mayor, Sarubala R.Tondaiman, on Saturday, claimed that the Union Minister of State for Railways, R. Velu, has, in principle, given the nod for construction of three new road over bridges and widening of three existing bridges in the city with a total investment of Rs.130 crore.

Mr.Velu gave the commitment during her recent visit to New Delhi to pursue some of the project proposals put forward by the Corporation, she said.

The proposals include construction of a flyover across two railway level crossings at Keezha Devadhanam and Cauvery South Bank Road, construction of a road over bridge across the level crossing at Crawford on Viralimalai Road and widening of existing over bridge near Railway Junction.

A new over bridge has also been proposed between Kudamuritti bridge junction and Karur Road apart from proposals on widening of the existing road over bridges across level crossings at Periyar Nagar in Thiruvanaikovil and on Salai Road.

"Mr. Velu assured that funds will not be a constraint and has asked us to forward the proposals through appropriate channels of State Government," Mrs.Tondaiman told media persons here.

Civic infrastructure

The Mayor said she had submitted a proposal to the Union Urban Development Ministry seeking Rs.325.72 crore for strengthening civic infrastructure of the city, including construction of a network of storm water drains at a cost of Rs.300 crore. The civic body has also sought funds for expansion of Central Bus Stand, establishment of a mini theme park, modern slaughterhouse, shopping complex and working women's hostel.

The Commissioner, Harmander Singh, said the civic body was awaiting technical sanction from the State government for expansion of Central Bus Stand, proposed at a cost of Rs.1.80 crore.

The project is likely to take off by February. Technical sanction is also awaited for widening of the over bridge across Uyyakondan Channel at Cantonment, planned at an estimate of Rs.75 lakh.

Mr. Singh said the Corporation had taken up a fresh survey of encroachments on water bodies and would soon evict them after issuing notices.

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