Karur-Namakkal stretch to be completed by December 2008
KARUR: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) would try to make use of its own lands during highway expansion work and only after exhausting them would the organisation acquire private lands, its Chief General Manager, S. Kandaswamy, said here on Wednesday.
Allaying fears expressed by those whose land and property were sought to be acquired for the four-lane Karur-Namakkal stretch of the Kanyakumari-Srinagar Golden Quadrilateral project on the National Highway 7, he said that necessary alignment, facilitating a smooth flow of traffic on the highways, would have to be addressed first.
The public interacted with the official at Velayuthampalayam, Thavuttupalayam, Palathurai and Panduthakaranpudur, and aired their grievances.
A private firm has bagged the order for four-laning the Karur-Namakkal stretch to a length of 43 km at a cost of more than Rs. 200 crore under the build-operate-transfer model.
It would be completed by December 2008. The aim is to four-lane the Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Samayanallur stretch by that time.
Problems in expansion
Official sources said that problems in expansion were owing to the NHAI seeking expansion for future development of the four-lane highway into a six-lane stretch, as already the highway carried a heavy volume of traffic.
The Karur MP, K.C. Palanisamy, told The Hindu that the NHAI officials must have a first hand knowledge of the people's sentiments and the affected public should be taken care of.