Special Correspondent

TIRUVANNAMALAI: Work on widening, upgradation and maintenance of the Cuddalore-Chithoor Road to the tune of Rs.3,76,69,000, including the construction of 25 bridges, has been completed by the State Highways Department.

Construction of retention walls for some bridges was pending and would be completed before the end of March, according to Satyabrata Sahoo, Collector, Tiruvannamalai district.

Presiding over a meeting to review the implementation of the development works under the 20-point programme through various departments at the Collectorate here on Wednesday, Mr. Sahoo said work on widening of the Arni-Vandavasi Road has been completed at a cost of Rs.1.25 crore under the Integrated Road Infrastructure Development Programme (IRIDP) Phase-I. The widening of the Tiruvannamalai-Thanippadi Road has been completed at a cost of Rs.91.74 lakh under the IRIDP Phase-II.

The Collector said out of the IRIDP works sanctioned for 2006-2007, work on widening and upgradation of portions of the Kallakurichi-Tiruvannamalai road at a cost of Rs.4.51 crore, widening of the Arcot-Tindivanam Road (Rs.1.45 crore), Arcot-Villupuram Road (Rs.1.01 crore) and Kancheepuram-Vandavasi Road (Rs.3.71 crore) have been completed. Works on widening parts of the Arcot-Villupuram Road (Rs.25 lakh), Kancheepuram-Vandavasi Road (Rs.12 lakh) and the Cheyyar-Vandavasi-Polur Road into two-lane highways have been taken up under the IRIDP in 2007-2008. The other works taken up during 2007-2008, which are in various stages of progress, include the widening and upgradation into two-lane/single-lane highways of the Tiruvannamalai-Thanippadi Road (Rs.1.38 crore), Arni-Padavedu Road (Rs.69 lakh), Tiruvannamalai-Avalurpettai Road (Rs.69 lakh), Thavasivalam Road (Rs.79 lakh), Tiruvethipuram-Arni Road (Rs.89 lakh), Abdullapuram-Moranam Road (Rs.99 lakh) and Kancheepuram-Tiruvethipuram Road (Rs.59 lakh).

Under the Other District Roads scheme, the works on widening of the Rettipalayam Road (Rs.2.50 crore), Radhapuram-Vanapuram Road (Rs.85 lakh), Tiruvannamalai-Thyagadurgam-Panaiyur Road (Rs.18 lakh), Puducherry-Krishnagiri Road (Rs.40 lakh), Anaipirandhan-Perumbakkam Road (Rs.80 lakh) and Ayyampalayam-Kunnathur Road (Rs.58 lakh) would be completed before the month-end.

Anu George, Additional Collector, District Rural Development Agency; Sathyamoorthy, Executive Engineer (EE), State Highways Department; C. Periyasamy, Divisional Engineer, National Highways Department, Thangaprakasam, EE (buildings); Vallinathan, EE, Water Resources Organisation; and Kuppusamy, Joint Director of Agriculture, participated.