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Pattukottai bypass road has still a long way to go

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rough side of life:A view of Pattukottai-Thanjavur bypass road in Thanjavur on Thursday.Photo:B.Velankanni Raj
rough side of life:A view of Pattukottai-Thanjavur bypass road in Thanjavur on Thursday.Photo:B.Velankanni Raj

People of Pattukottai are eagerly awaiting the completion of bypass road around Pattukottai. The total length of the bypass road connecting Pattukottai-Mannarugdi road and Mannargudi-Muthupettai road is 7.5 km.

The road has been laid to a distance of 4 km in the first phase from Anaikadu to Valavanpuram. This stretch has been completed at a cost of Rs.10 crore. The remaining stretch for a distance of 3.5 km is to be covered from Valavanpuram to Aladikumulai.

Work on the project has been pending due to a litigation. A private petitioner has approached High Court of Madras and obtained a stay. K.Baskaran, Collector, said that the revenue department had taken steps to vacate the stay. The cost for completing this stretch is Rs.10 crore. The bypass road will benefit people travelling to Mannargudi and Muthupettai and to reach Pattukottai-Nagai road.

Local residents have also demanded removal of encroachments. “There are a lot of encroachments alongside PWD canals such as the Rajamadam Vaikkal inside the town. If they are removed traffic flow will be streamlined,” residents say.

Buses remain the major mode of transport between Pattukottai and other places around it. With the present bus station overcrowded, a new bus stand can be constructed on the government land of four acres available near Athikottai.

With a large number of buses operating at Pattukottai and traffic flow on the rise, a unit of Regional Transport Office was opened at Pattukottai in 2007. Pattukottai will soon get a railway line from Thanjavur. Railway Board has ordered a survey to be conducted for laying the railway line recently.




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