VIRUDHUNAGAR: At last, T.T. Krishnamachari Road, the life line of the town, is getting some redemption. The widest road in the town, which has been literally in shambles for a long time, is being re-laid.
Adding to its poor condition, the underground drainage work left it unmotorable, forcing moffusil buses to bypass the town for sometime. “When we wanted to just re-lay the road after the UGD work, Minister, K.K.S.S. Ramachandran, got special funds and wanted to rebuild the bad portions of the road,” Municipal Chairman Karthik Karikolraj said.
In the 1.5-km-long road stretch between Fathima Nagar Road junction to Mariamman Temple, a 900-metre-long stretch between Fatima Nagar Road and electricity substation was being re-laid at a cost of Rs.1 crore. “The remaining 600 metres is yet to be handed over by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (which is executing the UGD work),” said Highways Divisional Engineer G. Ramasubbu.
Ms. Karthik said that the bottle neck near the sub-station had been removed by widening the road by over 30 feet. “The Minister negotiated with leaders of a mosque and got the land, which is used as a burial ground, along with a portion of a school land,” she said. “The municipal council passed a resolution to widen the road in as early as 1950. But, it has fructified only now,” she said.
The Assistant Divisional Engineer, V. Puthiyanagayam, said the road did not have a proper formation. It was in a lower level and sewage and rain water used to create a lot of hindrance to road users, he said. “Now the quality of road work is on the lines of the four-lane work executed by the National Highways,” he said. The road would be 12 metres wide, wider than the two-lane highway roads, the Assistant Engineer, R. Navaneethakrishanan, said.
Though two culverts were constructed, the local people objected to relaying of the road without providing another culvert, which they said would make the entire exercise futile. “The cut stone culvert was damaged while executing the UGD and it required repair. Otherwise, the sewage from over 10 streets would get stagnated near the road and even damage it eventually,” the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam town secretary, S.R. Nagarajan, said.
Mr. Ramachandran, along with the Highways officials and the municipal officials, inspected the spot and instructed the officials to construct the third culvert.
The Municipal Engineer, G. Ravindran, said that a 950-metre-stretch of the 1,200-metre road from Mariamman Temple connecting the bypass was being re-laid. When these works were implemented, the traffic problem in the town would be solved to a greater extent. “The town will see further development only if buses are operated through its main thoroughfares,” Ms. Karthik said.