R. Rajaram

Would provide linkages among remote villages on the fringes

Includes works on strengthening connectivity

93.89 km to be covered in current fiscal

TIRUCHI: Forest Department has embarked on the task of improving roads within Reserve Forests (RF) across the State with a view to providing linkages among remote villages on the fringes. The project also includes works on strengthening connectivity of roads running through the RFs in order to make them motorable.

The office of the Forest Engineering Division based in Tiruchi is executing the works that are to be implemented under the 12th Finance Commission, Intensified Forest Management, Tribal Welfare, Part I, Part II and Bharat Nirman schemes. Works to the extent of 93.89 km are to be covered in the current fiscal at an expenditure of Rs.13.19 crore.

In Tiruchi district, the 3.3-km road inside Veeramachampatti RF will be improved to connect Kaveripatti and Kallikudi villages.

Likewise, 2.2 km inside the Sorubham RF will improve connectivity between Kanuthu and Pillayarnatham.

Similarly, in Erode district, the works will be taken up from Thamaraikarai to Devarmalai (8 km); Thimbum to Kadambur (4.4 km); and Thamaraikarai to Thaalakarai (3.6 km).

The other places include Sirumalaipudur to Thenmalai in Sirumalai Reserve Land in Dindigul district; Vilangudi to Kolayanur in Ariyalur district; Kovilagam to Vandaravu in Kodaikanal forest area, and from Nuthappur in Perambalur district border to Puliankurichi in Salem district, Forest Department officials told The Hindu.