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RInfra announces commencement of Salem-Ulundurpet four- lane stretch

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The corridor will connect major tourist destinations

A view of the Salem - Ulundurpet national highway. —Photo: P. Goutham
A view of the Salem - Ulundurpet national highway. —Photo: P. Goutham

Reliance Infrastructure Limited (RInfra) has announced the official commencement of the operation of the 136-km. Salem-Ulundurpet four- laning National Highways. It has started colleting tolls too.

A press release from the Mumbai-based firm said that the project executed on Build Operate Transfer (BOT) pattern for National Highways Authority of India by RInfra, through a Special Purpose Vehicle, was executed at a cost of Rs.1,061 crore. The completed corridor would connect major tourist destinations, industrial zones and Chennai Airport besides Yercaud.

Sudhir R Hoshing, CEO (Roads), Reliance Infrastructure, said that the road would provide a hassle-free and safe and smooth driving.

“The corridor will not only connect centres of tourism and industrial zones, but will connect 79 villages with Chennai, Bengaluru and other major cities. It will have 8,500 vehicles per day, which is expected to double in the next four years,” he pointed out.

The release added with the opening of the corridor, five out of six road projects of Reliance worth Rs 3300 crore in Tamil Nadu had become operational.

The Salem road was realigned and widened into four-lane removing a few dangerous curves and steep rises, so that vehicle users could maintain the minimum speed to enjoy the comfort of drive with an average speed of 70 km per hour for a reduction of time to 40 to 50 per cent and fuel cost by almost 40 per cent.

Keeping the traffic density in mind, three toll plazas had been constructed with each one having Automated Toll System. Two were currently operational. Commuters residing within 20 km radius of the respective toll plazas could avail of the benefit of monthly discounted passes. All toll plazas would be having Emergency Control Rooms that would provide medical services within minimum response time.

The fare chart would be for a car, passenger van or jeep, it would be Rs.37 for single journey and for multiple journey, it would be Rs. 56. “Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) will be charged with Rs. 65 for single and Rs. 97 for multiple journey. Bus and truck will be charged Rs. 130 while for multiple journey, it is Rs. 195,” said the release.

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