R. Vimal Kumar

Tirupur: To provide all weather road connectivity to rural habitations, the Tirupur Panchayat Union administration plans to carry out road upgrading works at an outlay of Rs 1.25 crore earmarked under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), a Centre-sponsored scheme, this financial year.

Under the project, two stretches connecting Kovilvazhi with Poonga Nagar (3.01 km) and Ettiveerampalayam with Arivozhi Nagar (2.4 km) will be upgraded to black top roads of standards prescribed by the Union Ministry of Rural Development for the improvement of economic conditions in the rural areas envisaged through PMGSY.

D. Yuvaraja, Assistant Engineer, Tirupur Panchayat Union, told The Hindu that upgrading of both sectors were expected to be completed in nine months from the date of commencement of the respective works.

Each road will be 7.5 metre wide, including the berms, with a riding surface of 3.5 metre.

Mr. Yuvaraj said that to ensure high standards of transport, sub grade and earthen shoulders would be constructed to raise the levels of the roads followed by laying of a granular base for sturdiness to the road.

Stone aggregates of specific sizes will be laid to water bound macadam specifications before applying primer coat with bitumen emulsion and tack coat with bitumen emulsion. Mr. Yuvaraj said that seven pipe culverts and one slab culvert would be constructed along Kovilavazhi-Poonga Nagar sector, while there would be four slab culverts and two pipe culverts established on the other stretch.

He added that since the road stretches connect rural habitations where more than 1,000 people lived, the project would promote economic and social access in the areas thereby increase agricultural incomes and productive employment opportunities