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MAKING A POINT: District Collector P. Umanath (second left) at a public hearing held in Sulur on Wednesday on widening National Highway No.47. —
MAKING A POINT: District Collector P. Umanath (second left) at a public hearing held in Sulur on Wednesday on widening National Highway No.47. —

Staff Reporter

Proposals take into account impact on environment

Widening road has become a necessity owing to increasing urbanisation

People urge that road work should not affect trees and agricultural land

Coimbatore: District Collector P. Umanath along with National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) officials held a public hearing at Sulur on Wednesday to elicit public opinion on the widening of the National Highway Number 47 from Chengapalli to Walayar.

The Collector addressed the people residing in the area, along with P. Manivannan, Project Director of NHAI, Engineer from TNPCB, K. Kamaraj, Sulur Town Panchayat President, K. Kamaraj, and Sulur Tahsildar, Karunakaran.

Population

Mr.Umanath said that widening of roads has become a necessity owing to increasing urbanisation, industrialisation and population expansion in leaps and bounds.

NHAI has drawn up a proposal for widening NH 47. The proposals have been drawn up taking into account the possible environmental impact and even solutions have been spelt out for the possible impact on environment.

The hearing was aimed at eliciting public opinion.

Voicing their opinion, the public said that widening works should not affect agricultural lands or trees.

The public also expressed the view that NHAI should plan for planting at least two saplings for every single tree felled for the purpose of widening the road.

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