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`For the last three years work had not commenced in Coimbatore District' The party also demanded that construction of a wider bridge on Hope College Junction on Avanashi Road be stepped up

Coimbatore: BJP will organise a demonstration in the city on March 8 to condemn the "inordinate delay" on the part of the Centre in implementing various road and railway projects in Coimbatore region.

Golden Quadrilateral

In a joint statement issued here, BJP National General Council member S.R. Seghar, engineering wing member R. Kalyanasundaram and district president R. Soundarajan said the Golden Quadrilateral and North - South Corridor Project initiated by the BJP Government had not progressed in this region.

As part of the project widening, strengthening and improvement of the Kochi - Coimbatore - Salem National Highway No 47 was started. For the last three years ever since the Congress- led Government took over, the work had not commenced in Coimbatore District. Similarly, works for rail overbridges at Onidpudur on Tiruchi Road and at Ukkadam besides the Coimbatore Junction to Irugur railway line doubling began during the BJP regime.

Rail overbridges

Works moved at a faster pace during the BJP Government, they said.

The inordinate delay in completion of the rail overbridges at Ukkadam and Onidpudur was putting the people of Coimbatore into lots of hardship by forcing them to spend time and money on fuel because of the circuitous diversions.

Deadlines

After the Congress-led Government took over, the works stagnated completely. Ministers from the State and Central Governments, MLAs and officials who inspected the work site had announced many deadlines for completion of the project. But people began to lose faith in the officers and the elected representatives when the deadlines lapsed without completion of the projects.

BJP would urge the Centre to complete the bridges and line doubling work expeditiously and speed up the road works on NH 47. The party also demanded that construction of a wider bridge on Hope College Junction on Avanashi Road be stepped up. The projects initiated by the BJP regime had been delayed by the Congress-led Government "without any valid reasons", it said.

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