NHAI takes up study to widen Pollachi Road

NHAI is planning to take up four lane work on the National Highway 209 which has a high volume of daily traffic. Photo: K. Ananthan

NHAI is planning to take up four lane work on the National Highway 209 which has a high volume of daily traffic. Photo: K. Ananthan   | Photo Credit: K_Ananthan

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is studying the feasibility of widening the 268 km stretch of NH 209 (Dindigul to Coimbatore and Coimbatore to Karnataka border via Annur) into a four-lane road. The detailed project report is likely to be prepared by March next.

An official of NHAI told The Hindu here on Thursday that the earlier proposal was to widen the existing road so that the two-lane road would have paved shoulders on either side. However, since this was not feasible for various reasons, the NHAI was studying the possibility of a four-lane road. It would also study whether service roads would be needed on either side of the four lane road, the traffic pattern, financial viability, and environmental impact.

K.V. Jayakumar of Kinathukadavu said everyone welcomed the proposal to widen the road. The traffic on Pollachi Road was heavy now and widening works were required for future development too. However, only the required portion of land should be acquired for the widening. There were reports earlier about plans to acquire land so that 200 ft was available for the road works, though only about 140 feet was needed.

Further, the plan should avoid a fly-over at Kinathukadavu. A bridge at Kinathukadavu would hit the entire town. Shops on either side of the road would be affected and it would lead to sharp fall in commercial activity on the main road.

A regular user of the road who had agricultural lands beyond Eachanari said some of the industries in Coimbatore were shifting their operations to Pollachi Road and several colleges were coming up. It was one of the fast developing corridors of Coimbatore region. The speeding buses and heavy traffic flow in some localities were a problem now. Hence, it was imperative to widen the road. But, the public were unaware of the details of the road-widening proposal. Several small shop and farm owners who had outlets or land on the road now would be hit while those having lands away from the road would benefit. A proposal for a bypass road was submitted to the authorities earlier. The NHAI should ensure that the small land and shop owners would not be hit by the widening works. They should look at high compensations for land acquisition or at innovative designs that would not disturb the existing operations on either side of the road.

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