A 15-km stretch permits only one-way vehicle movement

Only a portion of the ghat road towards Kadambur has been widened by the State Highways Department.

Though categorised ‘major district road’ (MDR), the remaining portion of the 15-km stretch remains narrow, just enough for movement of vehicles in one direction.

Only four kilometres of the road have been widened for hassle-free two-way movement of vehicles. In the remaining part, vehicles coming in opposite directions have to squeeze through, risking fall down the steep slopes.

The State Highways Department, which has specified a width of a minimum of 5.5 metres for ‘major district road’ stretches, is reportedly eager to complete the project, but the Forest department to which the road belongs has not given its consent, for its existing rules do not permit a wide road in a reserve forest area.

The road is the only route to Sathyamangalam for thousands of tribals living in numerous hamlets on the hills.

They face enormous difficulty in transporting the maize, tapioca and ragi crops they cultivate on the hills on lorries. Indications are that there is not going to be any improvement in the road’s width in the near future.

“There is no solution in sight. The (Forest Department) rules will only get tougher, now that Sathyamangalam has been made a tiger reserve,” said an official of the State Highways department.


  • Only four kilometres of the road have been widened for two-way movement of vehicles

  • In remaining stretch, vehicles coming in opposite directions have to squeeze through


  • State Highways department’s application for widening road under consideration of Government

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