Special Correspondent

"Department to seek geometrical changes in present alignment of ECR"

  • "Government keen to reduce number of fatal accidents"
  • Major road safety campaign to be taken up

    CHENNAI: The State Government is keen on expediting the proposal for four-laning of the East Coast Road (ECR) and the State Highways Department is in the process of seeking certain geometrical changes in the present alignment of the ECR, Highways Secretary K. Allaudin said here on Monday.

    Inaugurating the one-day stakeholders workshop organised by the Tamil Nadu Road Sector Project (TNRSP), Mr. Allaudin said the Government would file a petition seeking certain modifications in the order obtained from the Madras High Court. The Government, he said, was keen to reduce the number of fatal accidents. The State Highways department was in a piquant situation. "If the roads are good, the vehicle drivers tend to drive fast and if road conditions are bad, it leads to road accidents. We are working on ways and means to strike a good balance to help reduce fatal accidents on roads," Mr. Allaudin said, adding that the department was chalking out special educative programmes on road safety to create greater awareness among vehicle users.

    He pointed out that the Tamil Nadu Road Sector Project (TNRSP) functioning under the State Highways Department was implementing World Bank-aided road projects worth Rs.2,160 crore, of which the World Bank component was Rs.1, 670 crore. Road improvement works covering 740 km in 11 districts were being undertaken.

    Tamil Nadu Government, he said, was executing road projects keeping in mind the investor-friendly initiatives especially in the Information Technology and IT Enabled Services sector encompassing the Tier-II and Tier-III towns.

    TNRSP Project Director T.V. Somanathan said as a pilot project, the TNRSP was in the process of launching a major road safety campaign between Vellore and Tiruvannamalai covering mainly the educational institutions targeting the younger generation vehicle drivers. He said it was for the first time that such an exercise of meeting the stakeholders and other users had been taken up.