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Motoring through a `way of woes'

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The Asoor causeway on the Tiruchi-Thanjavur National Highway has come into `sharp' focus once again.

The protruding stones on the poorly-laid causeway are sharp enough to damage the tyres of vehicles.

A major portion of the causeway had to be re-laid thrice at the time of torrential rains. But on all the three occasions, the causeway was re-laid without black-topping.

Rectification of the 128-metre causeway is now a bone of contention between the contractor and the State Highways authorities.

While the officials maintain that upkeep of the causeway is the responsibility of the contractor till the bridge work is completed, the refrain of the latter is that the State Government has to undertake repairs of the causeway since it was damaged by the floods.

Meanwhile, motorists/passengers have been caught in the `cross-fire'.

As of now, indications are that if both sides are unrelenting, they might have to suffer at least for another two months, till the contractor completes the bridge construction.

From Syed Muthahar Saqaf in Tiruchi

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