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Progress review:Vellakoil Swaminathan, Highways Minister, inspecting the bridge work in Thanjavur on Wednesday.
Progress review:Vellakoil Swaminathan, Highways Minister, inspecting the bridge work in Thanjavur on Wednesday.

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9, 384 km of highways to be made two-lane: Minister

THANJAVUR: Highway roads for a distance of 55,716 km have been widened, strengthened and renovated at a cost of Rs.9,848 crore, said Vellakoil M.P. Swaminathan, Minister for Highways at Poondi near here on Wednesday.

After inspecting the construction of a bridge across Kollidam linking Poondi and Sengaraiyur at a cost of Rs. 46 crore, he told presspersons that people of Pullampadi and Lalgudi in Tiruchi district, Thirukattupalli and Budalur in Thanjavur district and Gandharvakottai in Pudukottai district would be benefitted by the bridge.

It would reduce a travel distance of 50 km for the people of these areas.

The Minister said that 2,438 bridges were now under construction in the State at a cost of Rs.938 crore. The Government has taken up work accordingly for making highway roads for a distance of 9,384 km into two-way roads.

Work was going on with respect to the construction of Neelathallur-Madanathur Bridge across Kollidam linking Thanjavur and Ariyalur districts. A new bridge would be constructed soon by the National Highways at Anaikarai replacing the old bridge. Land acquisition was going on for the bridge, the Minister said.

Highway engineers accompanied the Minister during his visit.

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