Proposal to transfer NH 67 to State Highways
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will go for e-tender soon for maintenance work of 144 km of National Highways (NH) 67 road from Mettupalayam to Kakkanallah (Karnataka border).
The road has high traffic through out the year as tourists travel from across the country to Udhagamandalam. Heavy rains also damage the road.
The NHAI has provisions to carry out repairs for Rs. 2 lakh a km every year on the stretch. However, this was not sufficient for regular maintenance of the road, according to an official of the NHAI.
The official said that 504 km of the road from Nagapattinam to Kakkanallah was transferred to NHAI in 2005. The NHAI spent about Rs. 2 crore on maintenance of the road from Mettupalayam to Kakkanallah in 2007-2008. When heavy rains damaged the stretch in 2007-2008, nearly Rs. 74 crore was spent on repair works. In 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, more than Rs. 5 crore was spent annually for maintenance of the stretch. This year, the NHAI has sought Rs. 27.9 crore for maintenance.
The official explained that since the road was currently not under any project of the NHAI, it did not have the adequate infrastructure for routine maintenance. It was unable to relay the entire road immediately as a detailed project report was under preparation widening the road as a two-lane one with paved shoulders. This could take a longer time for details to be finalised and works to commence. The NHAI has also suggested that the Coimbatore-Mettupalayam-
Udhagamandalam stretch of NH 67 could be transferred to the State Highway Department.