The 3.5-km stretch to become a four-lane road
One of the main stretches in the city, Thadagam Road - from Government College of Technology to Edayarpalayam - is seeing a couple of major development activities.
Underground drainage works are going on and traffic was diverted for a few days on some parts of the stretch to facilitate the works. The State Highways Department is ready with its project to widen the 3.5-km stretch so that it gets two-additional lanes and becomes a four-lane road.
The Rs. 3-crore-project envisages end-to-end widening. The road is seven metres wide now and will soon become more than 10 metres wide, says an official of the department.
As the underground drainage works near completion, tree cutting and shifting of electricity poles on either side of the road will commence to facilitate the widening works. These are expected to start in another week and get over in a month. The road widening will take six months for completion.
Some of the residents at Venkitapuram point out that the Thadagam Road was choking with traffic during peak hours. Vehicles parked on either side, vendors, and electricity poles ate into the motorable space. Hence, widening of the road was one of the demands of the residents. On the Venkitapuram-Edayarpalayam stretch, the traffic was diverted to the by-lanes for a few days for underground drainage works. The condition of some of the by-lanes was bad and the public were apprehensive of the condition turning worse if the traffic was to be diverted from the main Thadagam Road when the widening works commenced. There was no clear information on when the road widening would commence and when it would be completed, they say.
According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic), T. Senthil Kumar, currently there were no traffic diversions on the stretch.
The Highways Department would inform when the road widening works would start and diversion would be planned according to the requirement.