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Four-lane work completed; plan to set up toll plaza

P. Sudhakar
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Final touches being given to service roads

SMOOTH DRIVE:The Palayamkottai - Tuticorin four-lane stretch is likely to be formally opened for traffic in January.— Photo: A. Shaikmohideen
SMOOTH DRIVE:The Palayamkottai - Tuticorin four-lane stretch is likely to be formally opened for traffic in January.— Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

Having completed more than 99 per cent of the 47.20-km-long four-lane work between Palayamkottai and Tuticorin (National Highways 7A) on an outlay of Rs. 225 crore, the National Highways Authority of India is likely to formally open this stretch for traffic from January onwards.

To mark the formal opening of this stretch, extension of National Highways 7, toll collection for vehicles using this road is likely to commence from January onwards. For this purpose, the NHAI has planned to establish a toll plaza near Keezha Thattapaarai intersection near Pudukottai.

“Though the actual toll collection point will come up near Tuticorin airport intersection, we’ve planned to establish it at Keezha Thattapaarai intersection for the time being. Once land acquisition near Tuticorin airport intersection is over, we’ll establish a permanent toll collection plaza at this point with all mandatory facilities,” said a senior official of NHAI.

As the toll collection plaza will fall within Tuticorin district, vehicles registered in Tuticorin district will be given 50 per cent discount from the actual toll.

Though work on the entire four-lane stretch between Palayamkottai and Tuticorin has been completed, final touches are being given to the service roads on this port connectivity road and this work is likely to be completed by December to make the stretch ready in every aspect on New Year.

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