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Halt in Tiruchi-Karaikudi NH project irks BHEL ancillaries

R.Krishnamoorthy
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State orders NHAI to stop work due to opposition from farmers

Grinding HALT:Delay in the NHAI project to widen Tiruchi-Karaikudi section of NH 210 has become inevitable after the government’s decision to stop work. —file photo.
Grinding HALT:Delay in the NHAI project to widen Tiruchi-Karaikudi section of NH 210 has become inevitable after the government’s decision to stop work. —file photo.

The State government’s order to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for stoppage of work on the widening of Tiruchi-Karaikudi section of National Highway 210, a major infrastructure project of the Central government, has irked BHEL’s ancillaries.

The project involving construction a 26-km semi-ring bypass road linking Tiruchi-Thanjavur Highway with Tiruchi-Pudukottai Highway at Mathur and with Tiruchi-Madurai Highway at Panjapur was much anticipated by BHEL’s ancillaries at Mathur and other industrial estates in Pudukottai district.

The bypass road under construction to a length of 26 km from Asoor along Tiruchi-Thanjavur Highway to Panjapur on the Tiruchi-Madurai Highway via Mathur on the Tiruchi-Pudukottai Highway in a semi-ring formation offers promise for quick and hassle-free transportation of materials between the ancillaries and BHEL; and the industries will be spared of the trouble of moving their materials through a circumlocutory route of which the heavily congested Palpannai-Thuvakkudi stretch is a segment.

The 110-km project involving acquisition of 421 hectares will provide the desired physical connectivity between BHEL’s Tiruchi unit and the newly started one at Tirumayam, where trial production is in progress.

The work on the Rs.374 crore project had to be stopped due to opposition from local farmers over damage caused to water sources, according to the State government. The State government’s decision was reportedly conveyed to the NHAI through the Water Resources Organisation of the Public Works Department. The project executed by Transstroy Ltd OJSC Consortium, an Indo-Russian venture under build, operate, transfer (annuity) scheme entails construction of bypass roads at Keeranur, Pudukottai, Tirumayam and Karaiikudi. The TANSTIA (Tamil Nadu Small and Tiny Industries’ Association) will represent to the State government calling for lifting its restriction on the project, its vice president Rajappa Rajkumar told The Hindu .

The distance for movement of materials can be further reduced if the work on relaying of the four-lane road from Gundur to the Navalpattu IT Park in police colony is expedited. Industries have already represented to the BHEL for widening the road from police colony to Nehru Nagar, Mr. Rajappa Rajkumar said.

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