R Vimal Kumar

The project will be executed on

a BOT mode

TNPCB to conduct public hearing on January 7

Tirupur: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is gearing up to commence the widening of Chengapalli-Walayar stretch (National Highway 47) of North-South corridor at Rs. 852 crore.

The project, which is a long pending demand of textile entrepreneurs in Tirupur and its hinterland for smooth transport of their cargo to Kochi port, would be executed on a Built Operate Transfer (BOT) mode for which the Detailed Project Report had been readied and approved by Union Government.

The Environmental Impact Assessment of the project, prepared by Wilbur Smith Associates Private Limited, had included proper mitigation measures to minimize the environmental impact since about 4,800 avenue trees needed to be cut on the either side of the corridor to execute widening works.

Official sources told The Hindu that the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) would conduct a public hearing for the road widening project at Avinashi on January 7.

The date was finalised following a special meeting convened by the Collector, C. Samayamoorthy, here recently.

Land acquisition

According to NHAI sources, the civil works are expected to commence tentatively by June 2010 after the necessary land acquisition was completed. “The project will be commissioned in 20 months from the date of commencement of civil works (i.e. physical widening of the road),” sources said.

NHAI officials said that the widening of the road would be carried out in two stretches, totalling 54.7 km.

Of this, the first stretch from Chengapalli to Nilambur (42.705 km), where it would touch the already widened Coimbatore bypass, would facilitate six-lane traffic while the 12 km segment from Madukkarai to Walayar would be four-lane.