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Farmers oppose land acquisition for bypass road project

Special Correspondent
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Tamilaga Vivasayigal Sangham has opposed the acquisition of land for the proposed Kangeyampalayam – Mettupalayam bypass road project.

Sangham president M.R. Sivasamy told reporters that the proposed bypass road would require close to 730 acres.

The road measuring 53.95 km to be laid at a cost of over Rs. 600 crore would have rail overbridges at Sulur, Narashimanaickenpalayam and Karamadai.

It would branch off from National Highway-67 at Kangeyampalayam, and after Muthugoundenpudur cutting across National Highway-47 at Neelambur it would proceed via Mayilampatty, Vellanaipatty, Kalapatti, Idigarai and at Narashimanaickenpalayam it would join Mettupalayam Road (NH 67) and proceed on a six-km stretch and proceed via Mathampalayam, Karamadai, Chikkadasampalayam and reach Kallar.

After repeated agitations and representations, the project was put on hold. But now, the National Highways had announced that tenders would be floated in January and the works would be completed in two years.

While the travel between Mettupalayam and Coimbatore via the proposed bypass road would involve a distance of 72 km, motorists would prefer the existing Mettupalayam road in which the distance was only 39 km.

Instead of going in for an expensive, circuitous bypass road involving acquisition of farm lands, Mr.Sivasamy suggested that Mettupalayam road could be upgraded into four lane and a rail overbridge could be constructed at Karamadai.

Toll

Under the proposed project, the existing road would be upgraded at a few stretches for a few km at Gas Company, Bilichi, and Karamadai Gandhi Nagar – Teachers Colony. Motorists using the road would be forced to pay a toll for using this small stretch. The toll would be Rs.70 for cars and Rs.140 for trucks.

The proposed road would have bypass at the following places and would run through the existing road for six km from Periyanaickenpalayam to Mathampalayam section (out of the total distance of 9.85 km of existing road), Mathampalayam to Karamadai and then from Chikkadasampalayam to Kallar. The new alignment would only benefit the land owners and industries along the proposed road.

Instead of this alignment, a bypass road in a revised alignment could be planned wherein the distance would be only 33 km, Mr. Sivasamy said.

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