Time to widen narrow stretch

Staff Reporter
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The congested stretch in Tuticorin.— Photo: N. Rajesh
The congested stretch in Tuticorin.— Photo: N. Rajesh

A narrow stretch heading to a bridge on expressways (NH-45 B) — Madurai bypass road in Tuticorin — has become accident-prone. It is a nightmare for heavy vehicles to cross it.

On many occasions, drivers had narrow escapes after skilfully negotiating the stretch. It is too dangerous at night sans adequate lighting. It is imperative to widen the stretch.

G. Dhanasingh, president, Tuticorin Lorry Owners Association, said around 20,000 vehicles were plying through this stretch.

K. Thangavel, Project Director, National Highways Authority of India, Madurai, when contacted, said actually the NHAI had constructed a four-way road but due to replacement of the old bridge over the railway track underneath the stretch, it seemed to be a narrow passage.

It was not the road, but the bridge for which construction is under way. The NHAI itself was undertaking the bridge work. Concrete foundation was done and it would take four or five months to complete the work.

A nod from Railway Safety Commissioner is expected in a week to proceed with the work.

However, illuminated highway barricades would be erected at the stretch to avoid any accident, he said.




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