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Smooth drive to Kodaikanal soon

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New roads to be laid and prime roads to be widened

CLEARING THE WAY:Collector N. Venkatachalam, right, presiding over a meeting at the collectorate in Dindigul on Friday.— Photo: G. Karthikeyan
CLEARING THE WAY:Collector N. Venkatachalam, right, presiding over a meeting at the collectorate in Dindigul on Friday.— Photo: G. Karthikeyan

New roads will be laid and prime roads leading to various tourist spots in Kodaikanal hills will be widened to ease traffic congestion during summer season.

Top priority will be given to the safety of road users and tourists, said Collector N. Venkatachalam.

Presiding over a law and order meeting held here on Friday, he pointed out that the Forest Road, Munjikkal Junction and Pine Forests areas were highly congested stretches owing to narrow roads.

Roads covering these areas will be widened and more parking lots will be created for the convenience of tourists.

A five kilometre long new road between Perumalmalai and Kodaikanal at an estimated cost of Rs. 2.5crore and three km long road between Pallangi to Kodaikanal, at an estimated cost of Rs. 2 crore will be laid shortly, he pointed out.

A police check post will also be established at the entry point of the Kodaikanal-Palani ghat road to monitor movement of vehicles entering the hills. Besides, instructions have been given to erect fence around ground-level wells and other water bodies close to the main roads and highways so as to alert road users. Sign boards will also be installed at danger spots and at blind curves to alert drivers, particularly at night.

All departments will work together in this connection immediately, he stated.

Shops that were hindering traffic on the main and interior roads, and causing inconvenience to pedestrians within Dindigul should also be removed immediately. Revenue and police officials should chalk out a plan for mass eviction drive, the Collector insisted.

Stern action will be taken against persons selling explosives and other related materials like gun power and materials used for manufacturing crackers without valid license.

Efforts were on to operate more buses to the Collectorate.

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